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Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

The rapid recent expansion of internet-based accounts and personal websites creates a new issue to be considered when undertaking the preparation of a Will or planning for the Administration of your Estate. It may well be appropriate for your Executor to access certain online accounts, particularly bank accounts or accounts with financial institutions which may […]

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

Preparing Wills and Estate Planning

The rapid recent expansion of internet-based accounts and personal websites creates a new issue to be considered when undertaking the preparation of a Will or planning for the Administration of your Estate.

It may well be appropriate for your Executor to access certain online accounts, particularly bank accounts or accounts with financial institutions which may contain assets or record liabilities which the Executor will need to deal with. However, it would not be appropriate to list all of your passwords and account details in your Will. Not only would your Will have to be updated every time an Account detail or password changed but this could easily compromise the security of that vital information.

Additionally, they may be some other online accounts to which you may not want your Executor to have access, such as Email Accounts, Hotmail Accounts or Facebook Accounts which may all contain private and personal information that you may not want to share. Those accounts will not necessarily automatically be closed on your death. To date these issues do not appear to have been addressed by any Australian Legislators or in any Australian Case Law but they have emerged as issues  in other jurisdiction and it seems likely that it is only a matter of time before these issues need to be confronted in Australia. When undertaking your Estate Planning and preparing your Will it is therefore another issue for you to consider and discuss with your advisors.

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