Faculty Publications

Title

The Future of Digital Assets: Is Google Your Next Estate Planner?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2013

Abstract

Internet usage is a daily activity for almost 90 per cent of the US. Internet users check their personal e-mail roughly 34 times per day. To give some perspective, the average American brushes their hair roughly four times per week, brushes their teeth 1.1 times per day, and only 20 per cent of the population exercises daily. Sending e-mails, taking iPhone pictures, making social media updates and conducting online banking are now routine activities. They generate an enormous amount of electronic information, referred to as digital assets, which can have substantial monetary and sentimental value.