Estate Planning Archives

Estate Planning in a Technological Age

When we sit down to discuss who will benefit from what we have accumulated during our lifetime, we start with creating an accurate summary of our assets and our debts. We talk about houses, vehicles, bank accounts, pension and retire- ment accounts, life insurance, investments and other things of value that belong to us. We also discuss our mortgages, car payments, personal loan payments, Visa and Mastercard bills and other similar debts. But what we sometimes forget to address are things that might not have a piece of paper that evidences their existence. What kind of things do I mean? For instance, many people have bank accounts, savings accounts or certificates of deposit in financial institutions that are not "brick and mortar" facilities. We typically think of visiting our local bank branch but don't consider online banks. As with so many things we find online, these banks require account numbers, PIN numbers and access codes. In a complete estate plan, it would be imperative for the representative of the estate to know that an account exists and other identifying information about the account. Without that information, access will be denied and it will then take additional time and effort to gain access. There should also be some instruction left as to what to do with things like email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other similar online social networking accounts. These accounts certainly contain a great deal of personal information and need to be appropriately terminated at the time someone dies. Your spouse, child or other trusted family member who is going to represent your estate at the time of your death should have access to online information. This information would allow them to terminate a Facebook account, resolve any issues that might exist with purchasing or selling items through eBay, transfer online photos, records and files and finalize other similar activities. Our firm has attorneys that understand the technological issues that face us in this digital asset age. We welcome the opportunity to help you make sure that you have properly and completely addressed all of the matters that will exist at the time of your death. We take many of these conveniences for granted in our day-to-day existence; however, the conveniences and the benefits that technology created for us may also create difficulties and problems for those we leave behind.

Get In Touch Today

Get In Touch Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

map-img

Our Practice Range

Serving Southwestern Pennsylvania with offices in Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Blair Counties.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • WILG
  • NOVA
  • NOSSCR
address-1

Greensburg Office:
550 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Toll Free: 888-534-6016
Phone: 724-221-3191
Fax: 724-837-1348
Greensburg Law Office Map

Pittsburgh Office:
941 Penn Avenue
Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-391-2800
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

Latrobe Office:
816 Ligonier Street
First Floor
Latrobe, PA 15650

Phone: 724-539-2841
Latrobe Law Office Map

Altoona Office:
615 Howard Avenue
Suite 210
Altoona, PA 16601

Phone: 814-656-0065
Fax: 814-656-0066
Altoona Law Office Map

address-2
address-3
address-4
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • WILG
  • NOVA
  • NOSSCR