Digital Estate Planning Guide: Get Your Digital Assets in Order

A digital estate plan lets your loved ones know what should happen to your email and social media accounts, photos and more after you’re gone.

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In our increasingly digitized world, our lives are inseparable from technology. From cherished memories stored in digital photo albums to valuable assets held in online accounts, our digital footprint has become a significant component of our overall legacy. Yet, despite the prevalence of our digital presence, many individuals overlook the importance of digital estate planning for the management and distribution of their digital assets once they pass away.

This oversight can lead to confusion, disputes and even a loss of valuable assets for loved ones left behind. This is where digital estate planning becomes crucial — a proactive approach to ensuring that your digital legacy is managed according to your wishes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll look at the nuances of digital estate planning, providing practical insights and actionable steps to help you secure your digital legacy effectively.

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Justin Stivers, Esq.
Estate Planning Attorney, Stivers Wealth

Justin B. Stivers was born in Florida but raised in Knoxville, Tenn. He pursued his undergraduate education at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. After graduating, Justin served three years in the United States Peace Corps, living in a rural coffee farming community in Honduras. This experience not only enriched his life but also helped him become fluent in Spanish. Upon completing his service in Honduras, Justin attended law school at the University of Miami in Miami, Fla. He lived in Miami for the next 15 years, during which he built a successful estate planning law firm. In this role, Justin helped families plan for their futures, feeling a sense of accomplishment and service.