Estate Planning in the Digital Age in Williamsburg, Virginia


We have entered a digital age but are living in a paper world when it comes to estate planning.

So as we are reviewing our own estate planning documents for the looming changes ahead on January 1, 2013, we simply can’t ignore that the way we get, use and store our information has fundamentally changed.

Technology has made the world we live in largely digital.  So it should be said that our “online lives” need to be included in our estate plans. We have to remember that we aren’t only protecting our tangible assets, but also our digital ones.

So, have you planned your estate to account for your “digital assets”?

If you have not, then you are leaving a big estate mess for your loved ones to clean up. This was the subject of a recent Forbes article titled “You Just Locked Out Your Executor And Made Your Estate Planning A Monumental Hassle.

The original article offers an expansive look at all of the digital assets to consider, as well as many ways making your assets “digital” can be helpful. Here’s the most important warning from the article: to enable your beneficiaries and your executors to secure your digital assets and square away everything from bank accounts to twitter accounts, you must provide your passwords. Thereafter, the sky is the limit!

If you are a tech-savvy, then likely you can think of new ways to make technology work for you. For example, there are new services that even allow you to store your living will online, providing easy access by your doctors. Furthermore, even simple data storage capabilities become meaningful when you realize that the entire family photo collection can be turned into something every family member can “hold” and view with pleasure on demand – once it’s digitized.

Your digital well-being ought be secured just as much as your non-digital assets, so don’t forget to make proper plans and take advantage of the evolving technology.

You can learn more about estate planning in Williamsburg, Virginia and elder law issues on our website. Be sure to sign up for our complimentary e-newsletter to stay abreast of issues like these that could

affect you, your loved ones and your estate planning.

Reference: Forbes (October 18, 2012) “You Just Locked Out Your Executor And Made Your Estate Planning A Monumental Hassle

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  • If you’re a current client with a signing appointment or a prospective client with a consultation and would prefer that meeting take place in your own home, we can accomplish that with a little bit of pre-planning on our part and with the addition of a laptop, smartphone, tablet or other computer in your home to facilitate this virtual meeting. For those of you that need to sign legal documents, that too can be accomplished with the use of a webcam (FaceTime etc.), so that we can witness and electronically notarize all of your important legal documents.
  • We launched the rollout of our on-demand webinar early so that new clients and our allied professionals can view the important component parts of ‘an estate plan that works’ at their convenience.  That is available on our website.
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Update to our Process

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has taken our entire country by surprise. We understand how difficult this time is for America’s businesses and families.  However, we believe it is vitally important that we make every effort possible to continue to offer solutions that avoid disrupting our important partnership with you, your family and friends.  As you know, estate planning is not something that should wait for a more convenient time, therefore the opportunity to address your important goals both during and after this crisis should not wait.  To that end, we have added the option of a ‘virtual consultation’ to our office process.  You will now have a choice of either meeting with us in our office or in the comfort of your own home.