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Protecting Your Digital Assets After Death

Posted by Laura E. Stubberud | Apr 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Managing digital assets after death is an important part of estate planning in the digital age. You digital assets include online accounts, social medial profile sand  cryptocurrency wallets. Here are some steps you can take to manage your digital assets after you pass away:

  1. Make a list of all your digital assets, including online accounts, social media profiles, cryptocurrency wallets, and any other digital property you own.
  2. Plan for access to your digital assets: Provide instructions for how your loved ones can access your digital assets after you pass away. This may include sharing passwords, creating a list of account information, or using a digital asset management service.
  3. Consider a digital executor: Consider appointing a digital executor in your will or trust who will be responsible for managing your digital assets after your death. This person should be someone you trust and who is tech-savvy enough to manage your digital assets.
  4. Be aware of terms of service agreements: Many online platforms have terms of service agreements that restrict access to accounts after a user passes away. Read these agreements carefully and make sure you understand what will happen to your digital assets after you die.
  5. Likewise, some online platforms, like Facebook, allow you to appoint a digital manager after death.  
  6. Back up important data: Consider backing up important digital files, such as family photos, important documents, and other sentimental items, to an external hard drive or cloud storage service.
  7. Update your estate plan regularly: As technology evolves, your digital assets may change. Be sure to update your estate plan regularly to ensure your digital assets are properly managed after you pass away.

Remember, managing digital assets after death can be complex, so it's important to consult with an estate planning attorney to ensure your wishes are properly documented and executed.

About the Author

Laura E. Stubberud

Laura Stubberud has over two decades of experience in the practice of estate and family law in Nevada. After graduation from UCLA, she studied law at Southwestern University School of Law , graduating in 1992. With over 25 years of practice in Clark County, Nevada, Ms. Stubberud has substantial e...

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