Digital Life After Death: The Issue of Planning for a Person’s Digital Assets After Death

Date

2011

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Volume Title

Publisher

Texas Tech Estate Planning & Community Property Journal

Abstract

Discusses the issue of digital assets as they pertain to estate planning, what many of the websites that contain a person's digital assets (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) are doing to protect the person's personal information after their death, and what options are available to estate planners to deal with these issues in their daily practice. Part I provides a general definition of digital assets. Also include a discussion of the emergence and growth of digital assets and the issues that digital assets are causing for estate planners. Part II discusses what websites and e-mail services are doing in regards to the accounts of their deceased patrons and the effect this is having on estate planning. Part III provides suggestions for what estate planners should be doing when facing these issues on a daily basis. Provides a practical look at digital assets and how to prepare for them in regards to estate planning. Part IV discusses possible consequences of failing to ensure that a client's digital assets and estate are properly planned for.

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Keywords

Digital assets, Estate planning, Websites, Internet, E-mail, Social media

Citation

John Conner, Digital Life After Death: The Issue of Planning for a Person’s Digital Assets After Death, 3 Est. Plan. & Cmty. Prop. L. J. 301 (2011).