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Asset Protection and Digital Assets: How To Address Your Digital Assets In Your Estate Plan

asset protection and digital assets

When it comes to asset protection and digital assets, a strong estate plan is where we should look first when it comes down to it.

Could you imagine losing every photo of your family upon your death or the death of a loved one? Yet, not as the result of a fire or flood? Furthermore, could you imagine losing every video of your children… from their first steps to their graduations and weddings?

If your estate plan doesn’t account for digital assets properly, those cherished possessions and memories could be lost to your heirs forever.

Unless properly understood and properly addressed in your estate plan, your heirs may not be able to gain access to your digital assets. Thus, like those examples we just discussed… your loved ones could lose things with sentimental value.

We live more of our lives online which makes digital assets in estate planning of increasing importance. Digital assets need to be understood and accounted for in the preparation and execution of estate plans.

It has become the norm to store financial records in smartphones, computers, or the cloud, and to conduct financial transactions electronically.

In addition to email and social media accounts, most people also own a multitude of digital assets, which can include but are not limited to:

    • Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies
    • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)
    • Domain names for websites
    • Digital photos and videos
    • Digital artwork
    • Digital rights to literary, musical composition, motion picture, or theatrical works
    • Digital accounts in an online betting account
    • Blog content
    • Airline miles, hotel points, or any other transferable rewards programs
    • Online video channels where the content is monetized and producing an advertising revenue stream
    • Online gaming avatars that offer online goods or services

The thought of losing digital assets may be just the motivation you need to create or update your estate plan sooner rather than later.

If you are just creating an estate plan, make sure your digital assets are included. If you have an estate plan that needs to be updated or are ready to create one, give my office a call at 404-370-0696. We know how to properly address digital assets so that your memories and valuables will not be lost.


Looking to find an experienced estate lawyer in the Georgia area who is skilled in asset protection and estate plan preparation? Shannon Pawley is an attorney in Georgia with expertise in estate planning and asset protection. Shannon can provide assistance with creating an estate plan to include making a will and how to establish a trust properly. If you have questions about asset protection or questions about making an estate plan, reach out to Shannon and she will be glad to help answer all the estate planning questions you might have!

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