As the country, and the world, strives to "go green" the probability that at least one of your main assets is digitized is high. While digital assets are commonly thought to belong to the techies of Silicon Valley, they are more widespread than you would think. It is likely that even you, someone who may be thought of as technologically deficient, has at least one digital asset that is worth protecting, preserving and passing on.
According to a 2011 Census more than three-quarters of all Americans owned a computer. That number increased to nearly 90% of all Americans with a bachelor degree or higher owned a computer. Of course there is a wide spectrum of uses by those computer owners, but the fact remains that if you are using a computer, you have a digital asset. Digital assets can come in many different forms. Proposed legislation by the Uniform Law Commission identifies a digital asset as "information created, generated, sent, communicated, received or stored by electronic means on a digital device or system that delivers digital information."
Pets receiving an inheritance! It may sound extreme, but planning for your pet's future is not about money it is about security for both of you. Just as responsible parents plan in advance to appoint a guardian to care for their children; responsible pet owners need to plan in advance for their pets. If you are a pet owner, you should have two plans in place: one for if you are unable to properly care for your pet due to an illness or other incapacity; and the other for if you are unable to properly care for your pet due to your death.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 62% of households in the United States have at least one pet. Yet, only 17% of pet owners have taken legal steps for their pet's protection. There are some very easy and cost-effective options which you can take advantage of now. Don't delay, your pets are counting on you!