Digital media play an increasingly important role in our lives. The media in which a digital inheritance resides can be owned by or independent of the deceased. In contrast with physical assets, digital assets are ephemeral and subject to constant change and are not included under the common understanding of ‘Goods and Chattels’. Intellectual property and privacy, particularly post-mortem privacy, are additional factors which can cause issue for the beneficiaries.
An amendment within your will as follows can help a great deal;
…and I declare this gift shall include any software, files, documents, pictures, videos, sound recordings and other similar property of an intangible nature which is at the date of my death installed or stored on any of my personal chattels as hereinbefore defined…
In the majority of cases the digital assets held with your documents are stored on a secure USB drive with your documents for delivery to your executors when the time comes. The drive could contain a list off passwords and usernames for all your social media accounts, insurance and banking passwords allowing your executor access and to be able to close such accounts if directed. We suggest our clients store the appropriate details and any other digital content such as images and documents and secure the dive (We can advise if necessary). Then inform the executor(s) only of the password to access the drive which will only be given to them on your death.
As part of our digital service we also provide the video and webpage service for that special final message which you can read more about here…
WE'LL MAKE SURE YOUR
DOCUMENTS ARE SAFE
WE'LL DELIVER THAT