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September 6, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

A really good disclaimer

This is unrelated to anything in the international tax world. I give it to you just because lawyers are always generating waivers, disclaimers, and other “don’t blame me if your hair spontaneously combusts” warnings. This warning is from the tech world, and it beats anything I’ve ever seen from a law firm.

Linode is cool, and if I had an opportunity I would host stuff with them. (At the moment we host our website on WPEngine).

Linode is rolling out a new product, and they’re looking for beta testers. Here is their warning for would-be participants in the beta test:

  • It’s only in Newark right now
  • We’ll move one of your existing Linodes to one of these special hosts
  • There are limited slots available
  • This is experimental
  • You might lose all of your data
  • Participate at your own risk
  • You really should have backups
  • Expect the unexpected
  • This may cut you
  • Chicks dig scars

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August 23, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Pack light, go fast

Three day trip, including dressy clothes. All in a day pack. The SK20 from Goruck. Includes the Bose noise canceling headphones in the external pocket.

Pack light, go fast.

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August 17, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Email and Encryption

We have made changes to our email systems. This blog post explains what is happening, and why.

You can communicate with us via email. Everyone in the firm has two email addresses, and you can choose which way you want to communicate with us.

Summary
  • If you want to communicate via normal email, that’s fine. Send emails to the person’s @hodgen.com address.
  • If you want to communicate via encrypted email, set up a free Hushmail account, then send emails to the person’s @hodgensecure.com email address.
Normal Email: @hodgen.com

We use normal, everyday email systems just like everyone. The Rules of Professional Conduct say that these systems are acceptable, and attorney-client communications can be protected while using standard email systems.... continue reading

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August 14, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

I was in Philmont

For the last two weeks I was at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. No phone, no email, no internet. Here I am on the last day, at Zastrow Turnaround, picking mud out of my boots with a stick.

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July 25, 2013 - Phil Hodgen

Web-Based Seminar: U.S. Tax Solutions for Non-Filers Abroad

HodgenLaw is launching a new series of seminars starting with this one on U.S. tax solutions for non-filers abroad.  We hope you will take advantage of this educational opportunity at this exclusive opening price.  Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 10 with a first-time registration fee of $100.This seminar is intended to assist individuals living abroad who have never filed U.S. tax returns, but have a filing requirement.  You have a filing requirement if you have a U.S. Passport or a Green Card.If you find yourself in this category, you may be afraid to return to the U.S. due to tax matters, or may be wondering how the implementation of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) will affect you.We aim to bring clarity about your situation and options for handling these U.S.... continue reading
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