Thursday, November 1, 2012
Gerry Beyer (Texas Tech) has posted Planning in the Digital Age on SSRN. Here's the abstract:
a new subdivision of property has emerged that many people label as
“digital assets” such as accounts used for e-mail, professional and
personal data backups, banking, investment, and shopping, domain names
and web-hosting accounts, social networking accounts, and avatars for
online games. While estate planners have perfected techniques to
transfer traditional types of property, many estate planners do not
address digital assets when preparing their clients’ estates.
This article aims to educate estate planning professionals on the importance of planning for the disposition of digital assets, provides those planning techniques, and discusses how to administer an estate containing digital assets. The appendix contains a sample form which may be used to organize digital assets.