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This program was recorded on July 31st, 2018
During this presentation, attorneys will learn about key estate planning and estate administration topics that were previously considered fantasy.
Blockchain. Bitcoin, which is the most popular digital currency, was introduced in 2009. With other digital, or “cryptocurrencies,” Bitcoin has established an actual marketplace, though it continually experiences peaks and valleys and still suffers from skepticism and rejection. However, Blockchain, which is the platform that stabilizes digital currencies has experienced far less rejection and skepticism and is perceived to be more valuable and credible. Blockchain technology and digital currencies will likely be estate assets that attorneys must be familiar with to be of value to clients now and in the coming years. Assisting clients with estate planning and estate administration requires us to have more than a fundamental understanding of their assets, especially those that have an established marketplace.
Cryonics and the disposition of remains. Technological advances now allow individuals to not only freeze tissues and organs but also freeze their entire body. Additionally, advancements in genome research, such as CRISPR, create the potential for a high quality of life after thawing possible. Still, what if, as in recent months, the tank fails? What are the fiduciary responsibilities if that happens or upon reanimation? An estate planning attorney whose client is interested in being cryonically preserved must comprehend the statutory interplay among laws related to more than medical Advanced Directives and DNRs.
Posthumous-Conception. Because of the implications of Alternative Reproductive Technology (“ART”), within the last several years, estate planning attorneys have begun including provisions addressing genetic reproductive material storage and use or prohibitive use of such materials post-death. Certain states have enacted statutes to guide families in this area and, hopefully, avoid administrative disasters. Attorneys working with these clients must probe the most intimate corners of clients’ lives to help them create a plan unique to their personal circumstances while the attorney also seeks to avoid potential malpractice claims.