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The Digital Age is Requiring People to Get Their Personal Affairs in Order

Law Firm to Hold Free Seminar and Free Execution of Estate Planning Documents to Encourage People to Protect Their Loved Ones.

The digital age is getting more complicated with each passing day. Social media profiles, coupled with online banking and digital access to important life information, are making it imperative for sensitive information such as passwords and usernames to be kept organized, in a safe place and in the hands of someone who will need them once you pass on. In the New York Assembly, legislation has been introduced that will allow people to appoint an “online executor” in their will. This person would be responsible for handling and/or shutting down a persons’ electronic accounts after death.

“Think about it. Where are your photo albums? Personal contacts? Bank records? What about your life’s work? They’re most likely on a computer or Web site protected by a username and password,” said Graig Zappia, an estate planning attorney at Tully Rinckey PLLC. “At the very least this sensitive information should be written down and in the possession of someone you wish to take over your most cherished data after death.”

In an effort to encourage people to take action now and handle these personal affairs, Tully Rinckey PLLC is offering a free estate planning seminar on Wednesday March 14 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at its main office located at 441 New Karner Rd. in Colonie. As a reward for taking the time to handle this important responsibility all attendees will receive free executed health care proxy documents as well as power of attorney documents.

“The digital age has helped us stay connected but it has also buried essential information about us behind firewalls and security passwords. A loved one will need this information someday. By taking care of this business now you can save them the emotional hassle of recovering this information at a time when they’re trying to heal over a sad loss,“ said Zappia.

In order to execute the health care proxy and power of attorney documents, all attendees are asked to bring with them the name, address, and the phone number of the people who are being appointed as their health care agent(s). Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 518-218-7100 or e-mail at events@tullylegal.com.

 

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