For the last few weeks I have been heavily involved in the area of Estate Planning for Digital Assets. We also refer to this area as Digital Estate Planning, Digital Death, and the Digital Afterlife. Given my increasing level of involvement in digital estate planning I decided to launch a new blog concentrating specifically on those issues. The new blog is DigitalEstatePlanning.com. I had mentioned in a prior post that I intended to start a series on digital assets here on the Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax Law blog. Instead, I will proceed with both blogs and I will bring both resources together through links and cross-posts from time to time.
My reason for starting a standalone digital estate planning blog is because the issues related to digital assets are not limited to Wisconsin. In fact, the issue of what happens to our digital assets when we die is global and we are just at the beginning stages of developing that area of law. Last week I had the opportunity to attend and participate at the first Digital Death Day ("DDD2010") conference in Mountain View, California. My recap of the event can be found here. DDD2010 brought together a collection of individuals representing businesses involved in social networking, identity protection, death care, estate planning, etc. It was great group of people and it will serve as the foundation for change in the digital estate planning area.