Jennifer Zegel, a partner in Kleinbard’s Trusts & Estates Practice, was quoted in The Morning Brew on the importance of preserving one’s digital self and how preparing an estate plan that incorporates digital assets can help loved ones access and manage these assets after death.
“There’s a huge awareness gap issue,” said Jennifer, who is also co-author of the book Digital Asset Entanglement: Unraveling the Intersection of Estate Laws & Technology. “And estate planning, generally, people don’t really like to think about it and kind of put it on the back burner.”
The article also notes that while some tech companies, such as Apple and Facebook, have policies in place that allow users to designate a contact to take over their accounts there are still many inconsistencies and unknowns. Jennifer also points out that it’s not certain that companies will comply with the designations made on digital estate platforms.
“It’s unclear what will happen in that regard, as to if some will respect them, if some won’t,” Jennifer said. She also added that it is likely that the industry will evolve, and more websites and online services will start to add legacy contacts and data policies.
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