Digital Assets

No Digital Estate Planning? Go Google Yourself!

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Have you ever Googled yourself?  Did you find any fascinating careers and/or hobbies that your same-named friends have undertaken?  It is amazing and a bit scary how much one kind find through this three-second exercise. Searching My Own Name I entered my first and last name in quotes earlier today and found the following information:…

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Consider Digital Estate Planning Services

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NOTE:  I am proud to announce that my post below also appears in the January 2012 edition of the WealthCounsel Quarterly Newsletter, linked here.  While written mainly for estate planning practitioners, this overview is also hopefully helpful to anyone with any digital assets.  Enjoy, and Happy New Year!  Read more...

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Last Month in Estate Planning (October 2011)

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The following is a summary of popular topics discussed in estate planning blogs and articles last month. Federal Estate and Gift Tax Updates The IRS announced that for 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion will increase to $5,120,000 (it was $5 million in 2011).  As Julie Garber of about.com notes, this means that the lifetime…

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Digital Estate Planning: Is the U.K. Ahead of the U.S.?

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Cloud computing is the ever-growing system of online companies providing services online as opposed to providing them through software that you would install on your own computer.  In “the cloud”, everything from applications to storage to infrastructure is provided online, thereby giving users the ability to find their data on any networked computer, smart phone…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 11 to September 17, 2011)

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This past April top estate planning blogger David A. Shulman, Esq. opined that “[t]he #1 Estate Planning blog is and continues to be Texas Tech Univ. School of Law Professor Gerry Beyer’s ‘Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog.’  It is, and continues to be, essential reading for anyone in the profession.”  Read more...

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 24 to July 30, 2011)

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The possibility of the U.S. government defaulting on its obligations dominated the news last week.  Two links below, including the Post of the Week, discusses the future effects of the raised debt ceiling that is now signed law. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Making a Deal in Washington (Capital…

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5 Reasons Digital Estate Planning Hasn’t Caught On … Yet

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I got a nice note from a Boston University graduate student several weeks ago asking me to address some of her questions about digital estate planning, which in turn triggered this post.  For a summary introduction on this topic, I humbly offer these posts (Digital Assets, Part I, Digital Assets, Part II, and Steps to…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 10 to July 16, 2010)

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When the best in online reading on estate planning involves traditional Jewish stews, baseball, and a lawsuit involving the inability of an apparently dead person to refinance her mortgage, you know it’s going to be a fun week. Enjoy these posts and articles that I thought were the most interesting and helpful during the week…

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10 Reasons Young Adults Should Consider Estate Planning

10 Reasons Young Adults Should Consider Estate Planning

According to the law of averages, approximately 1 in 500 people in the United States who are aged 25-44 will die this year.  In other words, 499 out of every 500 in this group will be around in 2012. So why on earth do estate planning attorneys, financial planners, insurance salesmen, etc. recommend that anyone…

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4 Steps to Take Today to Preserve Your Digital Assets

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Today, we will continue our discussion of digital estate planning by talking about some direct steps you can take to protect your “digital assets” after your death. The overall goal is to protect the existence of your documents, pictures, emails, etc., and to prevent sites from destroying them before your digital executor can get to…

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