It feels perfectly natural to focus on physical possessions when considering estate planning, but it’s equally crucial to account for our digital assets. From sentimental photos on social media to vital documents stored in the cloud, our digital footprint holds both emotional and practical significance. These days, the inclusion of digital assets in estate plans is essential for numerous reasons.

Provide Sentimental Value for Your Loved Ones

Think of the countless photos, videos, and memories stored on your social media platforms, such as Facebook or Instagram. These digital artifacts are a part of your legacy, preserving moments and memories that you cherish. By including them in your estate plan, you ensure that your loved ones have access to these memories, preserving your digital legacy for future generations.

Avoid Practical Complications

Many of us store important documents, such as financial records, contracts, and passwords, in digital formats. Without proper planning, these assets may be lost or inaccessible to your heirs, leading to potential complications and legal issues. By including them in your estate plan, you provide clear instructions on how to access and manage these digital resources, simplifying the process for your loved ones during a challenging time.

Manage Important Online Accounts

What happens to your online accounts after you’re gone? Some people prefer to have their accounts remain active as a digital memorial, while others prefer to have them deleted entirely. Without explicit instructions, family members could struggle to navigate these decisions, leading to uncertainty and potential disputes. Including your wishes regarding the management of your digital accounts in your estate plan ensures that your preferences are honored and avoids any confusion or conflict among your loved ones.

Also, failing to include digital assets in your estate plan can have privacy and security implications. Without clear instructions, your digital accounts may remain open and vulnerable to hacking or unauthorized access, potentially compromising sensitive information. When you make a plan for managing your online accounts, you safeguard your privacy and ensure that your personal information remains secure even after you’re gone.

Make a Plan for Digital Assets

Whether for sentimental, practical, or security reasons, accounting for your digital footprint ensures that your digital legacy is preserved, your wishes are honored, and your loved ones are spared unnecessary stress and complications. By taking the time to address your digital assets, you can provide peace of mind and clarity for yourself and your family in the future.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at (951) 445-4114. Let’s discuss these issues at your estate planning appointment so that we can adequately protect your digital assets while providing a clear path forward for your loved ones.