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The Legacy Dilemma

The Legacy Dilemma

For many years television shows reflected the concept of the traditional American family – a father, a mother and biological children. Think “Leave It to Beaver.” There were, of course, exceptions. “The Brady Bunch” comes to mind. But for the most part it was the nuclear family as it then primarily existed.
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Think Beyond the Here and Now

Think Beyond the Here and Now

Digital assets come in all shapes and sizes, but they aren’t necessarily indicative of wealth. “Digital assets are anything you find of value in your life that is electronic,” says Evan Carrol, co-author of Your Digital Afterlife, in an interview with WGBH News. “It’s anything you interact with via your computer or smartphone.”
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Make Your Digital Assets Available to Your Family

Make Your Digital Assets Available to Your Family

I’ve been writing a lot about the digital asset portion of estate planning, topics like defining and identifying digital assets, starting the planning process and navigating the legacy element of social media platforms. With these subjects on the brain, a recent digital legacy planning article in the Business Standard jumped out at me. It seemed to funnel everything I’ve been saying into one poignant point: Family history is the fabric of who we are as individuals.
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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

The first conversation you need to have about advance care planning is with yourself. What treatment would you want to receive, or not receive, should you have an incurable or irreversible medical condition? If you don’t make your wishes clear, someone else will have to decide for you, generally a spouse or other adult family member or members, and their choice may not be what you wanted. We’ve also all read about situations where the matter has ended up being decided in court.
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Shield Your Personal Information

Shield Your Personal Information

In the face of the recent cyberattack on the U.S. government, it’s natural to examine our own vulnerabilities to cybercrime. China has proven that our personal information isn’t secure even at a national level, a level once thought to be impenetrable. Many Americans are now thinking more critically about where they place their information and whom they entrust to handle it.
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