As I’ve previously written, digital property presents unique challenges in estate planning. What happens with your digital life when you die or if you are in a coma? Facebook announced a new feature today that will permit users to provide a contact who can manage the user’s page after the user’s death. Or users can instruct Facebook to permanently delete the account after … [Read more...] about Facebook: Ok to Name Account Manager For When a User Dies
The holidays were filled with lots of wonderful opportunities to take pictures. Then those photos were downloaded to computers with the thought they would be held for safekeeping. But are they really secure? Many people were the happy recipients of new laptops or desktop computers that they are now happily using. Was a backup system also set up? The Federal Trade Commission … [Read more...] about Are You Backing Up Your Digital Life?
What happens with your digital life when you die or if you are in a coma? The Washington Post interviewed me in a piece that highlighted Delaware’s new law that grants access to digital property owned by someone who is incapacitated or has died. As I told the reporter, in my practice I regularly see loved ones struggling to manage someone’s affairs because the accounts are … [Read more...] about Who Cares for Your Digital Life and Afterlife?
Have you made an inventory of your digital property? Or will your loved ones be left to search for your things? How will they gain access? These are important questions as I discussed with a reporter for the Fairfax Times and the Gazette. … [Read more...] about Digital Property Inventory
I’ve written lately about the importance of planning for your digital property in case of your incapacity or death. I’ve also encouraged you to make an inventory of digital property so the person caring for you or managing your estate knows what you have, where it is, and how to access it. Now my digital housekeeping moves on to clearing out things. If you have accounts and … [Read more...] about Digital Property & How to Get Rid of It