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What Happens to Your Music – and Social Media Assets – When You Die?

What Happens to Your Music – and Social Media Assets – When You Die?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lifetime cultivating your music collection, both analog and digital. It’s not a cold collage but a living, breathing extension of you. It’s you personified. In the 12 years since iTunes launched, you’ve invested a lot of time and money cataloging your personal soundtrack, each song capturing a poignant memory or moment in time. A song can spark a memory in a loved one the way nothing else can, but when juxtaposed with securing the delegation of your assets, your musical library hardly seems like the most pressing issue.  However, it is still important to think about. And it begs the question: How do social media platforms fit into this estate planning puzzle?
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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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A Photo Is Worth 1,000 Memories

A Photo Is Worth 1,000 Memories

A shoebox on the top shelf of a closet. That’s where the Polaroid of you and Grandma lived until it was discovered in the midst of sorting through her belongings. The memories were there for the taking and they were all treasured because they could never be recreated. Photos are one of your most prized possessions, a legacy to pass down for generations.
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It’s a Matter of Digital Life and Death

It’s a Matter of Digital Life and Death

When you take a step back, it’s mind-boggling to think about how much technology has changed our lives. It’s given us access to boundless information that exists at our fingertips and has enabled us to control much of our lives remotely. We can transfer funds from checking to savings, alarm our home security systems and synchronize our agendas with the tap of a screen.
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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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