Digital Estate Planning:…

Welcome to the digital age, where our lives are stored in clouds instead of closets, and our legacies are as much pixelated as they are poignant. Today, we're diving into the world of digital estate planning, where your online assets finally get the spotlight they deserve—because let's face it, even your memes need an heir.

Understanding Digital Assets

So, what exactly are digital assets? Think of them as the virtual treasures hidden in the depths of your hard drive or scattered across the expanse of the internet. From bank accounts to Bitcoin wallets, social media profiles to Spotify playlists, these are the bits and bytes that make up your modern-day estate.

Neglecting your digital assets in estate planning is like leaving your Facebook account on public mode during a family reunion—it's a recipe for disaster. Without proper planning, your loved ones could be left scrambling to untangle the web of your online presence, risking everything from privacy breaches to eternal password guessing games.

Identifying and Inventorying Your Digital Assets

Ready to take stock of your virtual empire? Start by rounding up all those forgotten login credentials and dusty digital files. Make a list of your financial accounts, subscription services, and any other digital goodies worth passing down. And hey, if you find any embarrassing selfies along the way, consider adding them to the "for my eyes only" section.

When it comes to protecting your online treasures, a little cybersecurity can go a long way. Invest in a password manager to keep your login credentials under lock and key, and don't forget to back up those precious cat videos and family photos—because no one wants to lose their cherished memories to a rogue computer virus.

Estate Planning Considerations for Digital Assets

Now that you've inventoried your digital kingdom, it's time to start divvying up the loot. Incorporate your digital assets into your estate planning documents, and don't be afraid to get creative with your bequests. After all, who wouldn't want to leave their Instagram account to their favorite feline influencer?

Communication is key in digital estate planning, so be sure to clue in your loved ones on the ins and outs of your virtual legacy. Provide clear instructions for accessing your online accounts and managing your digital assets, and maybe throw in a few pointers on how to curate the perfect TikTok tribute.

Before you sign off on your digital estate plan, it's essential to dot your i's and cross your t's with the help of a seasoned estate planning attorney. They'll ensure that your digital wishes comply with the latest laws and regulations, so you can rest easy knowing that your online empire is in good hands.


Digital estate planning may not be as glamorous as drafting your last will and testament, but it's just as crucial in today's digital world. By taking the time to manage and protect your online assets, you can ensure that your digital legacy lives on long after you've logged off for the last time.

Ready to get your digital ducks in a row? Contact us today at (847) 367-6990, or at to schedule a consultation with Attorney Matthew Hess. You can also learn more about estate planning here. We'll help you navigate the wild world of digital estate planning with a healthy dose of humor and a whole lot of know-how. After all, even your memes deserve a proper send-off.

Categories: Estate Planning