SYKS&S partners Victoria Blachly and Jeff Cheyne were recently interviewed by reporter Kerry Tomlinson for a KATU-TV (ABC affiliate) news story about “virtual assets” such as internet domain names, online content such as photos and videos, and personal accounts for email, banking, brokerage and social media sites such as Facebook. Increasingly, personal information and content is being stored online — and few people know what happens to these assets when a person becomes incapacitated or dies.
In other words, who can gain access to our “virtual existence” when we’re gone?
As previously discussed in a two-part “Estate Planning and Virtual Assets” blog post by SYKS&S partner Michael Walker, the answer can be quite complex. For more detailed information, read Part I and Part II of Michael’s post. You can also view the KATU-TV story on the station’s website.
As part of the KATU-TV news segment, our estate planning team prepared avirtual assets checklist, which is posted on KATU.com.
Also in the news… partner Steve Seymour was quoted in a recent Portland Business Journal article about the Oregon State Bar’s proposed mandatory mentoring program for new attorneys. The state bar’s mentoring committee is drafting a proposal that could be in place as soon as May 2011.
SYKS&S already has an organized mentoring program in place for new attorneys joining the firm.