Ashfords has launched a secure private client platform which stores financial and other details needed by executors. Michael Alden, head of the law firm’s estates team, said that he was not aware of any other law firm offering a similar service to Digital Legacy. He explained that he had been talking to funeral services companies and a large Scottish law firm about white-labelling the platform for use by their customers. Digital Legacy is designed to store details of assets, bank accounts, mortgages insurance policies, memberships and subscriptions, together with social media accounts, messages for relatives and plans for funerals. Mr Alden said wills could be uploaded onto Digital Legacy, though a paper copy would be essential for the time being, but the platform was not a place to store passwords. “The purpose is to identify to executors what they should be looking for, not give them access.”

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