Remembering to Include Digital Assets in your Will

Lately I have been struck by how often I use my iPad.

During the recent bout of storms we have experienced here in the UK I found myself in the midst of a rather long power cut and life sort of came to a standstill. I even found myself having an actual conversation with my family! I jest, of course but my point is, if you look around at the modern world it is highly likely an Apple product or smart phone is a big part of your daily life too. The word iPaddy actually exists and I know this because my two year old son has one often enough when said appliance is removed from his chubby hands.

From communicating with our children's schools, sending birthday cards, Facetiming, taking photos, banking and diarising, we have our whole lives encapsulated into small digital devices and, as that could well include our financial life, it makes sense that Digital Assets should form part of making a will. By Digital Assets I mean anything from the money in your Paypal account to your Twitter page.

You need to be aware of all your on line accounts - your email, banking, investment and social networking sites so that if you were to shuffle off this mortal coil tomorrow any family members are left with clear instructions on what to deactivate and what is being left behind as part of your digital legacy.

Half the problem would be not being able to close down these sites, because a will considering them was not believed important enough in the first place.

But be aware - you should not give your Executors any passwords or Pin Numbers, as you don't want to fall foul of the 1990 Computer Misuse Act, but you should leave behind a clear list of all your current online accounts. Something I am sure you had not even thought of as important before.