As our daily lives ascend ever higher into technological progress, the practical problems associated with how to manage and even transfer that technology increases.
To the extent you have a “digital life,” what arrangements have you made for your “digital afterlife,” let alone the future of your digital assets? How do you plan for that in Overland Park and elsewhere?
If you follow my blog posts, then you know digital estate planning is a hot topic ... especially for today’s “connected” generations. Regardless whether they can remember life before the microchip, Americans now live a significant part of their lives digitally.
Not only is this new life overwhelming for end-users, but the very architects of our digital world are confounded with the intersection of digital life and death.
A recent article in ScienceNews titled “Computer scientists grapple with how to manage the digital legacy of the departed” considers the issues confronted by computer scientists with Congress not far behind.
When it comes to estate planning for your digital assets there are yet few tools. However, there is the “inactive account manager” from Google if you have an account with those folks (and who does not?). Nevertheless, the issue is simply too new as the gap between planning and tools has not been completely bridged .
Fortunately, the key to planning for your digital assets really is not – legally – all that different from planning for your non-digital assets. A good start is listing all of your digital accounts and passwords, then making sure the agents and fiduciaries over your estate plan can access them when needed.
Reference: ScienceNews (June 10, 2013) “Computer scientists grapple with how to manage the digital legacy of the departed”