Digital assets often not covered in wills

Digital assets are not given consideration by many people when it comes to writing a will, new research has highlighted.

Although Remember a Charity found that 80 per cent of people own such assets, just nine per cent have thought about leaving them in their will.

Charity director Rob Cope commented: "Bank accounts, music and photograph collections are increasingly stored online.

"This report shows that we should all take a moment to think about our own digital footprint and who we'll pass it on to."

Of those polled for the Dying in a Digital Age report, 83 per cent said their digital material has strong sentimental value, while 89 per cent claimed it has financial worth.

Changes to the way Gift Aid is handled were recently welcomed by Remember a Charity, which said good causes all over the country would be sure to benefit.

Published on: April 1, 2011

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