Angela C. Artherton

Caring and Client-Focused Advocacy

Essential steps for effective digital estate management

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Estate Administration

Ensuring your estate manages your digital assets, including social media accounts, cryptocurrencies, and online subscriptions, according to your wishes after your passing is a crucial aspect of digital estate planning. 

By planning for your digital asset management with the same care as your physical assets, you give your loved ones a clear roadmap. In turn, it avoids potential issues in the future. This process protects your digital footprint while offering you peace of mind.

Understanding digital assets

Your digital identity includes social media profiles. It also spans important financial assets like cryptocurrencies.

Additionally, it covers subscriptions to online services like cloud storage, digital magazines, and streaming platforms. It’s very important to think ahead to make sure your measures include these assets correctly.

Steps to manage digital assets

These specific steps will ensure your estate planning goes smoothly and your executor understands and carries out your wishes correctly:

  1. List your assets: Compile a list of your digital assets, including passwords and login details.
  2. Appoint a digital executor: Choose a trusted person to manage your digital assets after your passing. Ensure they understand their responsibilities.
  3. Include digital assets in your will: Outline your wishes for each asset when you update your will or trust, including whether the executor should delete, keep, or transfer them.
  4. Understand service agreements: Review the terms of service for each platform. They may have specific rules about digital asset transferability.

Preparing your digital estate

Even though it may seem overwhelming, planning for the continued care of your digital assets is essential. Ensuring that your online legacy reflects your wishes gives you and those you love peace of mind. If you’re unsure how to start, consider consulting with an attorney to learn more about how these factors may affect your unique situation.