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Effective Management of Your Online Assets Critically Important for Your Digital Estate Plan

Ask yourself - what will happen to your Twitter account when you pass on? What about your Facebook account and Pinterest Board?  What about your photos shared on a variety of social media platforms?  These are important questions that need to be answered when planning your estate because your digital assets need to be part of that plan. Think about this - between 2012 and 2014, humans generated more data than in all of human history and the pace of that growth is only accelerating. Law Needs to Catch Up with Groundbreaking Technology There is an established set of laws for managing hard copy documents...

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Dealing with Digital Assets – A Growing Need

If a loved one suddenly passes away, family members, or the estate planning attorney for the decedent, have to organize the decedent’s assets. The usual assets that come to mind include the decedent’s home, vehicle, IRA, checking account, family heirlooms, etc. However, a growing need is finding and organizing the decedent’s digital assets. Certain digital assets can be overlooked, or even lost, during the settlement of an estate. These online accounts are a new class of personal property that may have monetary worth in addition to sentimental value. According to a survey by McAfee, the average internet user has nearly...

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