Afterlife in the Cloud: Managing a Digital Estate

by Jamie P. Hopkins

The digitalization of wealth has challenged the effectiveness and efficiencies of traditional estate planning mechanisms. As such, modified estate planning techniques and the development of digital estate planning services have created serious privacy, security, and efficiency concerns for the transfer and management of digital estates. The creation and adjustment of digital estate planning solutions are required to ensure the privacy, security, and proper disposition of digital estates. However, because the problems facing digital estate planning are extremely complex, a combination of legislative action, creative lawyering, and improved online service agreements are required to effectively and efficiently transform estate planning into a proper mechanism for digital asset management.