Eliminate the headache of estate uncertainty.

Managing an estate has become a tedious process shared by personal representatives and grieving loved ones. The identification of all active accounts, both digital and traditional, has become overwhelming. Accounts are often left hidden or forgotten at a time when certainty is needed. Navigating complex, ever-changing account requirements leads to confusion and ultimately procrastination, posing serious problems for the estate’s short and long term future.

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Types of potentially
hidden accounts include:

  • banking
  • investment and retirement
  • social networks
  • shopping
  • travel, rewards and incentives
  • entertainment
  • non-profit and charity
  • professional/trade affiliations
  • subscriptions
  • cloud data storage and email
  • potentially embarrassing private accounts
  • & many more

An unexpected threat to the estate.

Forgotten or misplaced accounts can lurk in unforeseen places, particularly online, without leaving a clear paper trail. Any one of these accounts, left unmanaged, can present long term issues with properly closing out an estate. Survivors and loved ones are often left with added emotional hardship and a continual reminder of a love one’s passing, including an increased opportunity for identity theft.

Accounts are often left unused and not updated, making them vulnerable to being forgotten. Moreover, identity thieves often seek out accounts of the recently departed as targets. At best, these accounts are simply unknown variables, leaving uncertainty where clarity is of the highest value.

Additional stress put on survivors by hidden accounts:

  • unnecessary confusion and emotional turmoil
  • financial uncertainty and potential ID fraud
  • additional time and effort spent closing or transitioning accounts

Asset management is
complicated and problematic.

20 YEARS AGO the average American had
$0 in perceived digital assets*
$0 in unprotected digital assets*

TODAY the average American has:
$54,000+ in perceived digital assets*
$37,000+ in unprotected digital assets*

A growing problem that needs
to be dealt with before it’s too late.

The risk only stands to get exponentially greater as individuals move into the phase of life where estate planning is most critical. With each passing year, an individual becomes even more ensconced in the digital world through professional, financial, educational and numerous recreational interests.

The problems of accounting for, organizing and managing accounts:

  • a vast array of personal account types
  • ever harder to locate misplaced accounts
  • a wide reach of required documentation

What others are saying

On Your Digital Death: Why You Should Be Planning Your Digital Estate Now, in informative article in Computer Power User >>
DCS CEO blogged about Privacy Afterlife in Digital Beyond – a blog about your digital existence and what happens to it after your death. >>
DCS on panel with Facebook, AOL, NetChoice at IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC, April 3-6, 2016. >>
DCS is featured in a blog post on Directing the Digital Estate >>
Wealth Management review declares DCS an efficient and indispensable tool for managing and administering digital accounts. >>
Forbes reports only 50% of Americans have any type of estate planning documents. >>
Each year, thieves steal the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans. >>
This year, 43% of Americans over 65 use at least one social networking site. >>
There’s More to Estate Planning Than Just the Will >>
Failure to plan ahead can make it practically impossible to locate and access certain types of digital property. >>
Thieves are using newspaper obituaries to steal the identities of recently deceased Florida residents >>
Legislation regarding fiduciary access to digital assets has been approved and recommended for enactment in all 50 states >>