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Plan Ahead for Your Online Hereafter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:28
Asset Protection Lawyer Offers 3 Steps to Take Now

Now, you really can live forever, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Many of your online accounts – from automatic bill payments to eBay – may remain active after you pass away, unless you take steps to ensure they don’t, says attorney Hillel Presser, author of “Financial Self-Defense (Revised Edition), ”www.assetprotectionattorneys.com.

Automatic bill pay, for example, can theoretically keep tapping your bank account long after you’re gone or, at least, until your money is.

“It’s important to make sure your online bank and shopping accounts, even your social media, can be closed out, or that your loved ones are authorized to access them,” Presser says. “You may ask, ‘Why would I care if I’m gone?’ I can tell you from experience: because it can create real headaches, and more heartache, for your family.”

Bank and shopping accounts will be vulnerable to identity theft, which would affect your estate if someone opens credit cards in your name. You might have valuable intellectual property, like domain names. They may need access to your health records, particularly if you died under questionable circumstances, he says.

There’s the sentimental stuff – photos and emails -- that your family may want as a remembrance of you, and the libraries of music and ebooks, which may represent a considerable investment on your part.

“The problem is, even if you provide a family member with all of your accounts, log-ins and passwords, they may not be legally allowed to access them,” Presser says. “In many cases, they may be violating the accounts’ terms of service or violatingfederal privacy and computer fraud laws. Some states have laws governing online materials, but they’re different and which of your accounts are covered depends on where the provider is located.”

What can you do to ensure your family isn’t left with a virtual nightmare after your passing? Presser offers these tips:

• Create a list of all of your accounts, including log-innames, passwords, and answers to any security questions. Obviously, your list will need to be securely stored. Since you’ll need to update it regularly as you add accounts or change passwords,  it will be easiest if you keep the list on your computer in a password-protected folder. Some versions of Windows allow you to create protected folders, but you may need to get third-party software to do this, such as freeAxCrypt. Remember to create a backup of your list, whether it’s on a jump drive or printed out on paper. Store the backup in a secure place such as a safe deposit box. Do not put password information in your will, which is a public document.

• If you have a Google account, set up the new inactive account manager. In May 2013, Google became the first site to give users an option for choosing what becomes of their content if they should become debilitated or die. Under the profile button, click “Account,” scroll down to “Account Management,” and you’ll find instructions for “Control what happens to your account when you stop using Google.” You can select how long the account should be inactive before your plans are set into motion; choose to whom you want to offer content, such as YouTube videos, Gmail, Google+ posts, Blogger and Picasa web albums, or whether it should simply be deleted.

• Appoint a digital executor. Perhaps the simplest way to ensure your online life is taken care of is to appoint a digital executor – a tech-savvy person who will be willing and able to carry out your wishes. Authorize the person to access your inventory of log-in information and spell out what you want done with each account, whether it’s providing access to loved ones or business partners, or deleting it.

The digital world has grown and transformed so rapidly, the law hasn’t kept up, which makes managing your digital afterlife challenging, Presser says.

“Until there are more consistent laws and procedures governing this area, it’s best to plan ahead, leave clear instructions and be sure you have a list of accounts where your estate lawyer or a loved one can find it and access it,” he says. “It will make a world of difference to your survivors.”

About Hillel L. Presser, Esq., MBA

Hillel L. Presser’s firm, The Presser Law Firm, P.A., represents individuals and businesses in establishing comprehensive asset protection plans. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Management and Nova Southeastern University’s law school, and serves on Nova’s President’s Advisory Council. He is a former adjunct faculty member for law at Lynn University. Complimentary copies of “Financial Self-Defense” are available through www.assetprotectionattorneys.com.

 
‘Jetson’-Age Tools Click with Big-Event Planners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:48
Trade Shows Expert Shares 3 Cutting-Edge New Technologies

Most of us think about technology on a mostly two-dimensional plane as we flick our way from screen to screen on touch glass. But today’s tech includes applications that are far from flat, says major-events expert Ann Windham.

“What if you could control all primary aspects of major events like trade shows, big weddings and awards ceremonies through your iPad or smartphone; imagine shutting everything down at the end of a long and exhausting night by pushing one button on your phone – that’s just some of what’s possible with today’s software,” says Ann Windham, president and CEO of Imagine Xhibits, Inc. (imaginexhibits.com/events).

Lights, climate control, projectors and monitors, curtains, fountains and much more can be controlled with an app, and the data that you take away from trade shows can be used to quickly follow up on sales leads, says Windham, who will be showcasing this cutting-edge technology July 9 at Trade Show Technology Summit 2013, to be held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

The summit will show attendees how to manage technology such as QR codes, mobile apps, virtual trade shows, social media, on-line asset management, interactive media and live stream video on electronic devices as simple as a mobile phone, she says.

“We’ll show planners the newest event management tools for efficiency and streamlining tasks before, during and after their event. We’ll also have hands-on, educational workshops to show them how to use management,” she says.

Windham shares three of her favorite new technologies:

• Pre-show – Event Management Software: This one-stop source for managing every detail about your event – from Fed Ex tracking numbers to vendor contact information to photos from the show – even allows you to manage multiple events from any location. “In the past, we carried all the details for each show in one huge binder. If you were at a show in Texas and someone called with a question about the show in Oregon, you wouldn’t have that information handy,” Windham says. Event management software relies on cloud storage, so members of your team can access it from their smart phone or iPad no matter where they are. Another benefit: You’ve got just one place to input all that data.

• During the show – Remote Sensors: Sensors built into the walls of an exhibit allow you to control all of the electronics from your smart phone or iPad. Not only does it save time, it’s an easy way to add valuable theatrics during a demonstration. “Say you’re standing at the back of the room and you realize the speaker can’t be heard, you just turn up the volume on his mic, right from your your iPad,” Windham says. “Or, if you want to create special effects using lighting and room temperature, you can dim the lighting and drop the temperature.” Her favorite feature? At the end of a long day, rather than walking from one device to the next, shutting off each, you press just one button and turn everything off while walking out the door.

• Post-show – Sales Leads Follow-up: Seventy percent of percent of exhibitors who capture sales leads at trade shows don’t collect qualifying information, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR).Scanners collect only the most basic data from visitors to each booth – there’s no way of knowing whether they were a “hot” lead ready to buy, or someone who stopped by for the free T-shirt, Windham says. Now, however, event management software allows exhibitors to include qualifying information every time a visitor’s badge is scanned. “At the end of the event, you can quickly see who your hottest leads were and send them an email or postcard before you’ve even left the event,” Windham says.

For planners who’ve been hamstrung by personnel cutbacks in recent years, these new tools are lifesavers, she says.

“The days of ‘The Jetsons’ has arrived.”

About Ann Windham

Ann Windham is the president and CEO of Imagine Xhibits, Inc., a full-service trade show marketing company that offers custom design exhibits using modular components. Windham’s company offers customers more than 50 percent savings on operating expenses; expert face-to-face marketing consultants that will work to increase ROI with four-step marketing; quarterly seminars offering continuous education by certified trainers; in-house design services for custom structures, graphic design and brand development; turn-key services and exhibit management program for all logistical needs; and a one-stop shop for meeting planning, promotional products, collateral web-site and more.

 
Webinar with Latest News on Eagles and Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Holmer   
Monday, 03 June 2013 10:04

American Bird Conservancy invites all conservationists to a webinar on eagles and wind energy. Topics covered will include the proposed first Bald Eagle take permit for a wind farm. This permit is of concern to the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, and the Osage will make a presentation during the webinar. There will also be updates on proposed eagle take permits at other wind farms and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to change the maximum duration of eagle take permits, as well as time for your questions.

Webinar date and time: June 13, 2013 from 2 to 3:30 pm, Eastern Time

You must register for this free webinar by going to this link: https://abcbirdsevents.webex.com/abcbirdsevents/onstage/g.php?d=668744518&t=a (registration ahead of time is highly recommended so that you receive update emails)

Audio portion will be by phone:
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 668 744 518

 
Iowa Representative Phyllis Thede Launches Digital Marketing Initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Phyllis Thede   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:58
District 93 representative hopes to expand reach to new and current constituents

JUNE 02, 2013 BETTENDORF, IA - In an effort to expand her reach and connect with voters using social media, three-term Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede (D) has partnered with Internet Marketing Professionals Group (I.M. Pros) to launch her campaign's Digital Marketing Initiative (DMI). “In my five years as an Iowa State Representative, I've seen firsthand how technology and social media have changed the way voters access information. This is an effort to use new technology and social media to reach out to my constituents in new and exciting ways.”

Robert Jackson Jr., president of I.M. Pros (improsgroup.com), echos this sentiment. “We're excited to work with Phyllis because she is one of a handful of enterprising politicians who recognize we're living in a new reality. Web 2.0 sites, the effective use of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and creating YouTube channels are ways we can more effectively reach voters where they live. By having these social media properties work in concert with each other we can create a powerful marketing vehicle that will sustain her message.”

Deep Quad Cities Roots
Since serving her first term in the Iowa House since 2009, Phyllis Thede represents the families of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. She is a Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee and, serve on the Committees of Environmental Protection, Local Government, Natural Resources, and Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee.

Currently living in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband Dave, they have three successful daughters and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Phyllis and family have been proud to have called the Quad-Cities home since 1980.

To connect with Phyllis, visit her website at PhyllisThede.com.

 
Governor Quinn Praises House Passage of Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:05

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Illinois House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Bill 1715, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act, and encouraged the Illinois Senate to act swiftly on this bill that contains the nation’s strongest environmental protections and significant economic potential. The governor called for passage in his 2013 budget address and the Quinn Administration helped negotiate the bill:

“Today’s passage of hydraulic fracturing legislation in the House brings good news for jobs, economic development and environmental protection in Illinois. This legislation will unlock the potential for thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois, while ensuring that our state has the nation‘s strongest environmental protections in place for this industry.

“Over the past year, we have brought together lawmakers, industry and labor leaders and environmental groups in a collaborative, bipartisan effort to develop the best possible legislation. This approach has not only worked, but been praised as a national model for transparency, public participation, environmental safety and economic development.

“I want to thank Rep. John Bradley for his hard work on this issue and environmental advocates for their efforts to ensure Illinois’ natural resources are protected.

“I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk as soon as possible.”

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