Family solicitors say accessing and dealing with someone’s digital legacy is becoming as great a concern as how to divide up their house and bank accounts. They are increasingly drawing up “digital wills”, including a side letter recording passwords and passcodes to devices such as iPads. Solicitors are also urging clients to back up important data on cloud storage that can be accessed by family members after their death. “While most digital assets are not of monetary or financial value they can be of sentimental value and a comfort to your next of kin after your death,” says Ian Bond, the chairman of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee, who has been drawing up guidance for solicitors on how they should deal with digital legacies. The importance of planning ahead is highlighted by reports that some bereaved families have asked undertakers to use a corpse’s fingers to activate identity se nsors on smartphones and tablets.

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