Life is unpredictable, and for this reason, it can be quite difficult for a person to think about what types of protections he or she may need in the future. Estate planning can be complex and confusing, and as a result, a person may overlook certain important factors. One thing that a reader will want to consider when making plans for the future is his or her digital life.

Almost all Tennessee adults have an online presence, yet people don't realize why this should be part of an estate plan. Failure to do this can cause a significant inconvenience and complications for individuals left behind after a person passes away. A person who wants to maintain control over his or her information and certain types of accounts will want to take steps to spell these things out in a will.

Digital assets are intangible, but they can still hold significant value. They include any online accounts that require a log-in and contain important information. This can include email accounts, social media accounts, subscriptions, message board accounts and more. For many, online medical records are part of their estate as well. When estate planning, a person will want to decide how he or she will want to handle that account after his or her death, and include those instructions in the appropriate documents.

Estate planning involves much more than just deciding what will happen to a person's stuff after his or her death. Including digital assets is also important, and including these things in a comprehensive plan can allow beneficiaries and heirs to avoid complications when trying to settle an estate. If unsure of where to start, a person may want to speak with a Tennessee estate planning attorney about his or her objectives for the future. 

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