Most people use estate planning to make sure their loved ones are taken care when they are gone. It used to be fairly simple to track down all the necessary paperwork to finalize a person's last wishes and divide assets, but with the increased use of computers in our day to day lives, we need to adapt. The digital era has forced estate plans to look beyond paper and include sections about who should take care of online accounts such as online bill paying, email accounts, social media accounts and more. For example, if you currently host all of your digital photos on the cloud, how can you make sure your family members can access those precious memories when you are gone?
Digital estate planning is an important part of the process. The Columbus Dispatch recently ran a great article about this called "Guide to Life: How to handle online accounts during estate planning." It's a great reminder of why you should talk to an experienced lawyer to prepare your final wishes which in turn will lessen the burden for your loved ones should something happen. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 614-319-3306.