The health and safety of our clients remains our highest priority, today and always. Even though we requested and received an exemption from the Governor’s Order of 3/19/2020 and have been deemed to play a critical role necessary to sustain life, we will continue to practice social distancing with video and/or phone conferencing to meet with our clients rather than face-to-face meetings, as well as car-side signings.

We are open for business and are here to provide you with the same service as always.

We know this is a sensitive and uncertain time, especially for our elderly clients. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help. If you have any questions on estate planning at any age, long-term care planning, Medicaid, guardianships, estate issues, special needs, or any question on how to improve the quality of life of a senior, please reach out.

We can be reached at (570) 784-5211 or through email at [email protected].

Does Your Estate Plan Include Digital Records?

| Apr 13, 2015 | Estate Planning

Columbia County Estate Law

With the rise of digital record keeping, estate planners have been keeping track of electronic records as well as paper ones. Very few families can simply point to a filing cabinet or safe and say “everything is in there.” Instead, social media accounts, bookkeeping software, and digital storage systems now keep track of much of our most important information. Experienced Pennsylvania estate planning attorneys recognize how important it is to have an estate plan that keeps track of digital information as well as paper-based records.

When updating your estate plan to include your digital information, consider items like:

  • Where is your information kept? Think about devices like computers, back-up drives, smartphones, and cameras. Make a list of where your devices are located and what is on each of them.
  • Who will be in charge of collecting and tracking your information when you are gone? Many people choose a family member who is comfortable with a wide range of technological devices and platforms.
  • How will you keep passwords secure now, but accessible to your successor? Password management software can help you achieve this step. Talk to your attorney or to an IT professional who can provide tips that balance your need for security with your successor’s need to wrap up your digital data when you are gone.
  • What do you want to happen to your data when you die? Social media accounts can all be used to notify friends and family when you have passed. Some platforms, like Facebook, allow your account to be turned into a digital “memorial” where friends and family can share cherished memories. Leave instructions about whether you want sites to continue or to be updated, especially if they are generating revenue.

Need legal assistance with your estate planning needs? Contact Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC today. Our experienced Columbia County attorneys can help you ensure that your Will or trust is executed according to your wishes.