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White Paper on Estate Planning for Online Assets

Last December, I wrote about what happens to your virtual property when you die. See the blog post here. Since then, I had an opportunity to write a white paper about it and present it to the Silicon Valley Bar Association. I expanded on the concepts in my blog post to cover online assets generally. For a copy of the white paper, click here. For a copy of my handout notes from the SVBA talk, click here.
I invite you to download and read the white paper. In it, I conclude that with proper planning, estate planning can minimize the risk of loss of online assets after death or disability. I am speaking of online assets ranging from PayPal accounts to virtual property in virtual worlds.

Estate planners should ask their clients about online assets when creating estate plans. And following death or disability, counsel can assist in the proper management and transfer of online assets to a person’s beneficiaries.