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3 digital estate planning mistakes to look out for

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | PROBATE & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION - Estate Planning

With the rapid growth of digital technology, ensuring proper estate planning for digital assets has become increasingly important. From financial accounts to social media profiles, digital estate planning encompasses a broad array of online assets that can potentially hold both sentimental and monetary value.

Preparing a solid digital estate plan takes careful consideration and attention to detail. For starters, the following are common mistakes that individuals often make when planning their digital estates.

Lack of access information

Digital assets are protected by various security measures such as passwords, encryption and two-factor authentication. One of the most common mistakes in digital estate planning is failing to provide clear and comprehensive access information for these assets. Without proper documentation of usernames, passwords and other necessary login details, your loved ones may struggle to access and manage your digital accounts after your passing. This can lead to significant delays, legal complications or even permanent loss of access to valuable digital assets.

Incomplete inventory

Failure to maintain an accurate and comprehensive inventory of your digital assets is another common mistake in digital estate planning. Many people underestimate the extent of their digital footprint, forgetting about certain accounts or online assets they may have created over the years. As a result, these overlooked assets may be left out of the estate plan entirely, leading to potential loss or mismanagement.

Not informing your loved ones

When you create a digital estate plan, it’s crucial to communicate its existence and details to your loved ones. Failing to inform your family members or designated beneficiaries about your digital estate plan can lead to confusion and frustration during an already difficult time. Make sure to discuss your plan with trusted individuals and provide them with clear instructions on how to access your digital assets, where to find important documents and who to contact for assistance if needed.

Avoiding these mistakes can help to ensure that your digital estate plan is thorough and effective, providing your loved ones with the necessary guidance and access to your online accounts and assets. Seeking legal counsel can help to ensure that every aspect of your digital estate plan is properly addressed and executed according to your wishes and applicable laws.