Dubravka Klasicek, ‘Wills in the Digital Era’

Oral will is the only type of will that can be made orally, in front of two simultaneously present witnesses with general legal capacity. The way oral wills are made has not changed much since ancient Rome. However, today’s technology has made it possible to create oral wills by recording testators last words on camera or by communicating them via video-call, thus eliminating the need for simultaneously present witnesses. Technology is also making an impact on testation in another way – by changing contents of the will. The digital world has taken hold of our lives, so most of us manage our financial accounts online, have social media accounts, store photos and other documents online. What will happen with all of this after we die? We can expect that, soon, we will be seeing more and more wills containing instructions concerning our digital identity and what will happen to it after our death.

Klasicek, Dubravka, Wills in the Digital Era (July 17, 2016). Informatologia 2016.

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