Article submitted from Thursfields Solicitors
Thursfields Solicitors are running their ‘Thursfields Talk Legal discussing ‘Dealing with Digital Assets in wills & estates’ on 16 December.
Head of the Wills & Estates team, Ian Bond is going to lead the session and share a vidcast discussing how to deal with digital assets in wills & estates and then viewers will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
Digital technologies now help many people to run most of their lives – on top of physical possessions, we are building a parallel world of digital assets – within the capability of our smart phones is the ability to: book a taxi; order a food delivery; play games; watch TV; send money to relatives; book appointments with professionals; check bank balances; pay bills; listen to music or podcasts; read books, magazine and journal articles (including this one); meet strangers; follow sport stars and celebrities; and, donate to our favourite charity. The list is endless.
So much of life, both professional and personal, has found its way into the digital sphere. Ian is a solicitor who regularly helps people with planning for death through will making, an important question he asks clients to consider is: what will happen to their digital assets on their death?
Often, family members may not have regard for digital assets at all, let alone give proper consideration as to how they should be distributed. Aside from the legal requirement to administer these assets, families will want to protect the deceased’s information which could otherwise be easily deleted or lost. Whilst some digital assets have financial value; most will have sentimental value, such as messages, photos and videos stored online within the likes of Facebook or other social media platforms.
Ian’s role is to help your family know about your digital assets and to understand how you would like your digital assets to be dealt with on your death. Everyone wants to be remembered for the person they are and not the mess they left behind.
For further information please contact Ian at Thursfields by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0121 796 4027.