21st century estate planning accounts for digital assets
Abstract: Traditionally, when a loved one dies, family members go through his or her home to look for personal and business documents. Today, however, many of these items may not exist in “hard copy” form. Unless an estate plan addresses these digital assets, family members may not know where to find them or how to gain access. And delays can cause irreparable damage, particularly when a business is involved. This article offers suggestions for making sure that family members will not only know that particular digital assets exist, but will be able to access them quickly.