Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Estate Planning Studies, July 2011

8 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2011

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Gerry W. Beyer

Texas Tech University School of Law

Kerri G. Nipp

U.S. Trust

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Date Written: July 1, 2011


Only two states (Oklahoma and Idaho) have statutes that directly address digital assets in a probate context - and then only in the administration phase. Few estate planners provide digital asset planning for their clients, which may lead to significant problems as these assets are increasingly valuable and difficult to handle without proper planning.

This Study reviews the following aspects of digital asset planning: Importance; Results without planning; Planning techniques; Obstacles.

Keywords: estate planning, wills, digital assets, passwords, user names

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Beyer, Gerry W. and Nipp, Kerri G., Estate Planning for Digital Assets (July 1, 2011). Estate Planning Studies, July 2011, Available at SSRN:

Gerry W. Beyer (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )

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Kerri G. Nipp

U.S. Trust ( email )

United States

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