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So, Have You Prepared Your Digital Estate Plan in Virginia?

Digital assetsAmericans value their digital assets at more than $54,000 on average, according to a 2011 survey conducted for McAfee, a security technology company — but few people take the time to create an estate plan for their digital assets.

If you have an estate plan, chances are quite good you made specific arrangements for assets like your home, life insurance, retirement funds and perhaps even a business interest. What about your “digital assets”? Have you made proper arrangements for them?

The problem of the digital estate is an entirely 21st century problem. Thankfully, more information is coming to light about the consequences of failing to make plans for digital assets. If this is a new subject matter for you, then you will want to read a recent MarketWatch article titled “Who gets your digital fortune when you die?

Basically, your digital “fortune” includes all of those digital assets that make up your digital presence. There are the social and practical ones, like e-mail accounts, Facebook accounts, and whatnot. From there your digital estate may include assets with real monetary value, like PayPal or eBay accounts, investment accounts, full bank accounts, and maybe an online-only bank account or two. While we are at it, remember the accounts that represent your ownership of digital “goods,” to include that massive Kindle library or an iTunes account. What happens to these?

Without proper planning, your digital assets can easily become loose ends, losses and even liabilities. Unless you leave instructions behind, how will your heirs inherit your digital estate (let alone know it even exists)? There is no time like the present to get your digital ducks in a row.

You can learn more about this topic as well as other strategies on our website under the tab entitled: estate planning in Virginia. Be sure you also sign up for our complimentary e-newsletter so that you may be informed of all the latest issues that could affect you, your loved ones and your estate planning

 Reference: MarketWatch (January 10, 2014) “Who gets your digital fortune when you die?

 

 

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