Estate planning has traditionally dealt with inheritance or preserving physical assets, such as a house or family heirlooms. Wills and other important estate documents now must deal with the reality that people transact their business and other parts of their lives online. Addressing digital assets helps assure that family members can access domain names, email and social media, electronically stored media, records and passwords to important accounts.
Some decisions should be made in advance, just in case a person is unable to make them in the future. Proper estate planning helps fulfill this role. This planning should include living wills and other medical directives, which set forth a person's wishes on the care they will receive at the end of their life.