Cryptocurrency’s Technological Character Allows Estate Planning to Protect the Intent of Its Holders, But the Lack of Statutory Structure Necessitates Proactive Steps
Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, has value and therefore is increasingly likely to become an estate asset. Due to the nature of cryptocurrency, typical wills and revocable living trusts may not be well suited to efficiently transfer this new type of asset. Consequently, new estate planning questions and clauses are needed.
Martin M. Shenkman and Rebecca Provder
The Trust Ferri Could Be Better Than the Tooth Fairy
Practitioners should encourage all clients with existing irrevocable trusts to meet to review those trusts. Modifying old irrevocable trusts through decanting (or other means) might make improvements, or as in the Ferri v. Powell-Ferri case, save the trust assets.
The Internet has generated a new set of assets known as "digital assets." Broadly defined, a digital asset is an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest. This definition erroneously implies that digital assets should be treated as a legally equivalent set of assets when, in fact, failure to differentiate digital assets into one of three distinct classes will result in legal difficulties.
Patrice P. Jean and Vanessa Ann Woods
As more Americans establish personal email accounts, social media accounts, and other electronic accounts, these “digital assets” are becoming an increasingly vital estate-planning consideration. The failure to consider how to dispose of digital assets in an individual’s estate plan could result in later complexities following the individual’s death.