When the name Leonard Bernstein is mentioned, I think of West Side Story and my thoughts continue on to what a great conductor and composer he was. I don’t think of a computer or word processor. But, when he died, he left only an electronic draft of his memoir. That wouldn’t be so bad, except that he had it password protected and no one has been able to break the password. No one. What a loss.
What have you done to protect your passwords and to make sure your loved ones will have access to your e-world if you are incapacitated or upon your death? What about the security questions that you have set up – would anyone else know the answers?
Thinking about disability and death is not much fun to start with. Now, we must all think about our digital assets and access. This is a new and developing area of estate planning with no clear answers to questions we are just now asking. At a minimum, where might you safely store important passwords? Will your durable power of attorney allow someone to open up your electronic life if you are incapacitated? Should your will or trust pass on your digital assets? What are your thoughts?