As many of us in Massachusetts and nationwide know, the Internet continues to change and play an ever-increasing role in most people's lives. It has become a tool that many of us use to store and create data, share photographs, or create online personas. The issue of who controls this digital information after a person has died has therefore been widely discussed. While we have tools like wills and estate plans to assign heirs and beneficiaries for our tangible assets, assigning these roles to handle digital information has been much trickier.
It is often a challenge for people to come to terms with the fact that they need to put together an estate plan. Some people do not think they need one or they may find it too difficult to make plans for their assets in the event of their death. While it may not be an enjoyable experience, developing an estate plan in place can make an enormous difference for the loved ones and family members who are also involved.