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How Much Are Your Digital Assets Worth? About $35,000.

McAfee recently released the results of a global digital assets survey and our digital devices hold an estimated $35,000 of value on average. Topping the charts are irreplaceable personal memories, photos and videos, at an estimated $17,065 in value. Additionally, 55% of respondents expressed they kept assets on their devices that are impossible to recreate, download or purchase again.

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ULC Approves Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

At its annual meeting in Seattle the Uniform Laws Commission approved the work of its Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets committee on July 16th.

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93 Percent of Americans Unaware or Misinformed About Digital Assets

A CBS News Poll, conducted by telephone from April 16-20, 2014 among 1,017 adults nationwide, concluded that 40 percent of Americans sampled had created a will. Not surprisingly, age plays a factor. Among those 18-49 years of age only 22 percent have a will, rising to 62 percent for those 50 and older. By comparison, A Harris Poll from March 2013 doesn’t indicate much change, finding that 39% of Americans had a will.

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WebCease Helps Heirs Find Forgotten Accounts

Previously I’ve mentioned the need to solve the digital afterlife problem in a way that does not require advance planning. WebCease, a new service that finds and reports various digital accounts after the account holder has passed, does just that. The premise is actually quite simple. An executor or heir pays WebCease to research the […]

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ULC Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Committee Work Coming to Close

Over the last two years the Uniform Law Commission’s Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets committee has worked with companies, private organizations and industry leaders to craft a model act to incorporate digital assets into probate and trust codes. The stated goal of the committee is to “vest fiduciaries with at least the authority to manage and […]

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How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife

Just what does happen to your digital life once you’re gone? As we’ve said here many times before, there’s no easy or simple answer to that question. But there is something you can do: plan ahead.

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Infographic: A Guide to Digital Estate Planning

Our friends over at AfterSteps prepared this interesting infographic to show the various policies and procedures for all sorts of online accounts from email and social networking to entertainment and online backup accounts. View the original post at AfterSteps.

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PBS NewsHour: Law Lags in Defining Posthumous Protocol for Online Accounts

What happens to your email, Facebook page and other digital property when you die? Naomi Cahn of the George Washington University School of Law, and our own Evan Carroll, co-author of “Your Digital Afterlife,” talk to Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour about the legal and ethical quandaries of dealing with a loved one’s digital assets […]

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Virginia Passes Digital Assets Law

Adding to the list of states that have passed laws pertaining to digital estates, the Virginia Legislature passed HB 1752 today affording parents of deceased minors access to their social media accounts. The bill’s description reads: Powers of personal representatives; digital accounts. Provides that the personal representative of a deceased minor has the power to assume the […]

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Welcome to Life

Copyright infringement in the digital afterlife. Hilarious.

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