How to create an estate plan for your digital life

What to do when your digital life outlives you

You have probably given estate planning a lot of thought. You might have created a will or living trust. Perhaps you’ve made an inventory of your possessions and outlined your accounts. But have you considered what happens to your digital life after you’ve passed?

The value of planning ahead in the digital world

If you haven’t included your digital accounts and assets in your estate planning, your digital life will outlive you, which could cause your family problems for weeks, months and even years.

Although your loved ones wouldn’t be liable for any of your legitimate debts, including “digital liabilities” like automatic payments, they would have to spend considerable time straightening them out. One of the worst issues they might have to deal with is something that could also stain your reputation: identity theft.

 

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