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Including Cryptocurrency in Your Estate Plan

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Cryptocurrency accounts rely on a sophisticated private key; someone you trust needs to have access to that key when you become incapacitated or die.

If you own any cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, you need to take some additional steps to make sure it can be accessed if you become incapacitated or die. This article explains that cryptocurrency is currently treated under probate law as an asset – like your house – and not as currency. Unlike a bank account or your house, there’s no physical record  – it’s all digital and can only be accessed via a computer. If someone doesn’t have your key (a sophisticated private passcode), your digital wallet cannot be accessed and the money is gone forever.

Be sure to mention your cryptocurrency in your Durable Power of Attorney, Will, or Revocable Living Trust. But don’t put your key in the documents – just provide instructions on where to find the document that describes in detail how to find and access your cryptocurrency.

Digital assets are a big part of our lives now, and should be included in everyone’s estate plan.


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