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Managing digital assets in your estate plan

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Estate Planning

The digital world plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives, which means planning for digital assets during estate planning is necessary. Digital assets include financial accounts, social media profiles and online files that hold personal or financial value.

Managing these assets properly will protect their value and ensure they remain safe after death.

Types of digital assets

Digital assets include any online accounts or digital files with personal or financial significance. They range from banking and investment accounts to social media profiles, blogs, email and digital collections like photos, videos and music.

The importance of digital estate planning

Incorporating digital assets into estate planning ensures that beneficiaries can receive valuable or sentimental digital property. This step prevents identity theft and other vulnerabilities while avoiding family conflicts or legal issues.

Steps to manage digital assets

There are specific things you should do to manage your digital assets:

  • Create an inventory: List all digital assets, including usernames, passwords and instructions on what should happen to each account (transfer, close, or maintain).
  • Update legal documents: Make sure a will or trust contains information about the management of digital assets. Appoint a trusted digital executor to oversee this process.
  • Secure storage: Store the inventory in a safe place, such as encrypted digital storage or a secure location with other estate documents.
  • Regular updates: Review and revise the digital asset plan periodically to reflect new accounts and updated passwords.

By following these steps, individuals can secure their digital legacy and avoid complications. Digital assets need careful management to ensure that loved ones and beneficiaries can fulfill a person’s final wishes. Proper planning provides peace of mind for the future.