According to Will Aid research, half of Britons don’t have a will. Of those people, 21% believe they don’t have any possessions or assets worth leaving. (1)
But as the majority of us these days have a virtual and online presence, what happens to your digital assets if you die without making a will? And which could – and should – be protected?
Paul Mounce, partner at Gosschalks Solicitors said:
“The younger generation, which includes those aged 30 to 49, are often the worst offenders when it comes to getting round to writing a will. I regularly hear that making a will reminds them that they’re getting older and generally think they don’t have anything of value to leave behind, so don’t need to think about it yet.
Unfortunately, no one knows what life has in store for us, and while the younger generation might not own a house, a car, have a big bank balance, or any children, the majority of them will have digital assets that should be protected and will need to be recovered should anything happen.”
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What is a digital asset?
A digital asset can include:
• Social media profiles
• Email accounts
• Shopping accounts like Amazon
• Online bank accounts and payment systems like PayPal
• Digital photographs
• Online games
• Books or music bought from the likes of iTunes
• Registered domain names
• Copyrighted material you’ve created digitally
• The devices you use to access all of the above
This is a developing area of the law, and while assets will most likely have greater emotional and sentimental value rather than financial value, there is no definitive answer as to how digital assets will be dealt after death.
Some of your digital legacy requirements can be covered in a basic will, and will help navigate your loved ones through the various virtual assets you have.
How to protect your digital assets in your will:
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(1) Will Aid Research https://www.willaid.org.uk/latest-news/more-half-british-adults-have-no-will-survey-reveals
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