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Virtual afterlife

The Law Society's advice to the public on digital legacies made the pages of just about every paper and was discussed, debated and deconstructed by some big-hitting news and consumer broadcasters.

28 April 2014

This issue that now affects the vast majority. Digital and social media is not confined to simple communication tools, distractions for malevolent teenagers or ways to legitimise stalking. It has been woven into our culture, our everyday lives and now our afterlives.

The growth in value of online assets has taken many by surprise, as has the use of online cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and the now defunct Coinye (formerly Coinye West, but crippled by trademark infringement proceedings issued by non-affiliated hip-hop artist Kanye West). Please stay with me...

To properly meet our clients' needs, we must be able to advise on these new and emerging media and technologies. This means that we should have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of the variety of digital assets out there and how to realise them.

'Traditional assets', such as letters, photographs and details of investments, were once tangible and readily accessible. But the...

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