Digital assets need to be protected now. However, they also need to be made available later.
Protecting your digital assets before you pass away and making them available later, can create some conflicts. There are three basic complications, when it comes to planning for someone else to access your digital accounts after you pass away, according to the New York Law Journal in "Protecting Digital Assets in a Digital Age."
The basic complications include:
- Passwords -- You probably do not want to give anyone else the passwords to your accounts now. However, someone else will need them, after you pass away. This requires having a secure plan.
- Encryption -- Increasingly, many digital accounts have heavy encryption. Someone who knows how to work with encryption is, therefore, required to handle your accounts, after you pass away.
An estate planning attorney can advise you in creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances, including digital assets.
Reference: New York Law Journal (May 4, 2018) "Protecting Digital Assets in a Digital Age."