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Should online passwords be included in wills? Francis Durrant and Luck Luck Ooi untangle the issues

20 February 2012

Passwords and codes are now part of everyday life. Technology and the growth in conducting transactions on the internet means ?that our online presence is increasing daily. This web presence ranges from ?the use of online social websites for personal and business purposes, to the ever-increasing numbers of consumers whose spending has shifted from the high street to the internet. Passwords ?are important to ensure privacy and security, but this could lead to a conundrum for those dealing with the estates of those whose assets include online possessions.

Some believe the solution to this problem is for passwords and the means of accessing online possessions and resources to be included in wills. However, while in theory this may appear sensible, there are some good reasons for not passing on password information through this medium.

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