If You Die, Will Your Digital Assets Die With You? - CLE, Continuing Legal Education - ALI CLE.org
If You Die, Will Your Digital Assets Die With You?
  • Cosponsored with ABA Law Practice Management Section
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Why You Should Attend

Have you identified all of you client’s assets? What about the digital ones?


Consider this frightening scenario: a widow finds her credit score tanking because her deceased husband, who paid everything online, left her without any log-in information. Because he had gone paperless, she has no clue when bills are even due.


As lawyers, we need to consider how digital assets affect our clients as more and more of our clients manage their personal affairs on the web. Not only do wills and trust attorneys need to think about them, so do family lawyers because divorces present a unique context in which digital assets play a key role.


Attend this cutting-edge audio CLE program so you can learn from our experts how to best advise your clients with regard to their digital assets.

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What You Will Learn

definition of digital assets

real life examples of the problems caused by the failure to plan for the disposition of digital assets

strategic language that trust and estate attorneys might employ

issues in family law dealing with digital assets

state digital assets laws (pending and passed)

future of digital assets in the legal system


Have a question for the faculty? This interactive seminar will give you the opportunity to submit questions to the faculty before and/or during the program. In addition, all registrants receive a set of downloadable course materials and free access to the archived online program later.

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys who practice in estate planning, family law, or any legal area in which their clients’ digital assets are at issue should attend this accredited continuing legal education program from ALI CLE.

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Sharon D. Nelson is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a computer forensics and legal technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Nelson graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has been in private practice ever since, now concentrating exclusively in electronic evidence law. Ms. Nelson is the current President-elect of the Virginia State Bar (she becomes the President in June of 2013), a past President of the Fairfax Bar Association, a Director of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and a member of ARMA’s E-Discovery Advisory Group. She is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Publishing Board, and a past chair of the ABA TECHSHOW. She is also a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, and serves on the Virginia State Bar Governing Council, its Executive Committee, and its Technology Committee, and as Chair of its Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. The Virginia Supreme Court appointed her to the Statewide E-Filing Committee beginning in 2010. She is a co-author of The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines (ABA, 2006) and Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms (ABA, 2006), as well as the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guides (ABA, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). She is also a co-author of How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times (ABA, 2009).



Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer, as well as a widely-published author and frequent speaker on legal technology and Internet topics. He writes the technology column for the ABA Journal, co-wrote with Tom Mighell the book, The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools: Smart Ways to Work Together, and co-hosts the highly-regarded legal technology podcast, The Kennedy-Mighell Report, on the Legal Talk Network. His blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/) is a highly-regarded resource on technology law and legal technology topics.





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Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 1.5.

Total 50-minute hours, 1.8.
Please Note: Programs focusing on law practice management may not be not approved in all jurisdictions. Credit may not be available in AL, DE, IN, LA, NC, NE, NH, TX, or VA.. For up-to-date information on CLE credits for a particular jurisdiction, click on the “Mandatory CLE Credit” link in the box titled, “Course Details,” at the top left of this web page.

Suggested Prerequisite: None

Educational Objective: Learn how to incorporate digital assets into estate planning.

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:



"Good presentation."

"Great program, very timely."

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Eastern 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Central 12:00 pm –1:30 pm
Mountain 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pacific & Arizona 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Alaska 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Hawaii 7:00 am – 8:30 am

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