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DON’T FORGET THE DIGITAL PROPERTY WHEN DESIGNING YOUR ESTATE PLAN

After a woman passed away, her sons struggled to unlock and use the iPad she left to them. According to The Guardian, the sons had been named as executors of her will, but they did not have access to their mother’s Apple ID and password. When the men contacted Apple, the company responded with a number of demands, including a copy of the death certificate and will along with a court order for the information.Apple was acting in accordance with privacy laws, though the entire situation could have been avoided if the mother would have inclu...
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HOW DOES A LIVING WILL WORK?

A retired school custodian and World War II veteran struggled with medical problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. According to Forbes magazine, the 88-year-old made his daughter his health care power of attorney. Prior to a surgery to amputate her father’s legs, the young woman told hospital staff that her father wanted to live, and every effort should be made to resuscitate him should something occur.Unfortunately, her father passed away shortly after the procedure. However, because he had done the right estate planning, his...
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