Did you know that when you begin creating your comprehensive Florida estate plan that you can include your digital assets? Your digital assets could include a range of electronic records, including everything from social media accounts to digital photos, to email, to online accounts. In addition, have you thought about whether you need to protect your digital assets? Do you know how to protect them? Part of securing your digital assets may be planning for the future with your Florida estate plan. Did you know that digital assets can be included in your estate planning? The following recommendations may help you know how to include digital assets in your estate plan while, in the meantime, keeping them secure.
The protection and preservation of all your passwords is critical in addressing the security of your digital assets. It can be very difficult to keep track of all of the different passwords you use to access your different accounts on a frequent basis. One recommendation to help you keep track of your passwords would be to make a written list and keep it in a locked desk drawer, lock box or home safe. Next, we recommend that this list be kept where you can access it frequently for whenever you need to make updates to your list. Another recommendation is that the passwords you choose should be strong and not easily guessed. In addition, it is recommended that you should change your passwords often, even if only once a year. Be vigilant in checking on your digital assets to ensure your passwords have not been compromised. If they have, update them immediately.
So, is it possible to have your digital assets as part of your estate plan? Yes. There are digital assets that are financial, like a digital Paypal, Venmo, or bitcoin account. Some digital assets are sentimental, like a collection of photographs or videos of your children and grandchildren. We recommend that you have a trusted person who will be able to access these assets after you pass away. We recommend that you pick a “password person” who can be trusted with your password information and keep this trusted person informed of where you keep your password list so he or she can access it when the time comes. When working with your Florida estate planning attorney, you may wish to detail who should have access to your digital assets when you create your Florida will, or leave your personal representative instructions in regard to your passwords.
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