Smart stops on the Web.


For the Future:
Insurance and Estate Planning
Find a wealth of links to state insurance commissioners and government agencies and services.
Use interactive calculators to help make insurance and estate planning decisions and download information.
The not-for-profit Insurance Information Institute offers online information to consumers and includes a special section on the insurance implications of hurricane damage.
Lawyers with estate planning, probate and trust practices who have Web sites can add themselves for free to this geographically arranged listing. Link directly to a lawyer in your area.
Mississippi State University provides basic information on estate planning and defines key terms. Some information is specifically applicable to Mississippi, but most of it is more general.
The Institute of Continuing Legal Education provides information on wills, trusts and estates. Hotlinks to similar resources also are included as well as news reports on the latest relevant Internal Revenue Service notices.
Layne T. Rushforth, lead attorney in the Las Vegas office of the Busch Firm P.C., created this site as an introduction to and discussion of estate planning topics. Included are advanced estate planning articles and hotlinks to other estate planning, probate and trust law Web site.
Billing itself as the "one-stop site for everything that involves the insurance industry" (and maintained by Insurance Connections!), the site includes a detailed list of insurance associations and yellow pages with a convenient index to find insurance companies and associations quickly. Also online are experts in the field to assist with insurance questions as well as hotlinks to other insurance Web sites.


No Business Like (Trade) Show Business
This site provides detailed information on 30,000 events as well as 5,000 venues and facilities—one-stop shopping for anyone organizing or attending a trade show.

Small Business Counseling
Check out the new site of the Service Corps of Retired Executives and take advantage of online counseling and articles on relevant topics, such as financing.

Free Management Tips and Newsletters
The management consulting firm of Philip Adam & Associates posts free newsletters on topics such as promoting creativity, team leadership, service companies and marketplace needs.

A Mall for Bankers
BankersMart, a new Internet service from the American Bankers Association, provides bankers and other industry professionals with connections to vendors and service provides, an events calendar and job postings.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.