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INTERVIEWS

    • PINNED INTERVIEW (Nam Kiwanuka): TVO – The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Internet AfterLife and the importance of Will/estate planning in the digital age (Click to watch Interview on TVO) (Click to watch on Youtube) (Click to Read Transcript) (Click to Listen to Podcast)
    • Dec 2019 (Deanne Gage): Forum Magazine – Death in the Digital Age: Digital assets can make estate planning more complex for executors. Deanne Gage investigates how advisors can help clients be better prepared. Read More
    • Dec 2019 (Jennifer Zegel, Ross Burch, Justin Brown): Digital Planning Podcast: What estate lawyers need to know about advancements in technology. (Click to Listen)
    • Nov 2019 (Susan Goldberg): Advisor’s Edge – Client Confidential: Sharon Hartung, An author and entrepreneur looks at death in the digital age. Read More
    • Nov 2019 (Maurice Tougas): Calgary Prime Times – Exploring death in the digital age in Canada, Your Digital Undertaker takes a 21st century look at wills and estates. Read More
    • Nov 2019 (Jennifer Zegel, Ross Burch, Justin Brown): Digital Planning Podcast: Exploring Digital Assets In Estate Planning Part 1. (Click to Listen) (Click to Read Transcript)
    • Nov 2019 (Renée Sexton): Columbia Regional Business Report – Law: Estate planning now includes electronic considerations. Read More
    • Oct 2019 (Aidan Macnab): Canadian Lawyers Magazine – Innovations in estates law: How legal tech is revolutionizing death. Read More
    • Sept 2019 (STEP): Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Advising Families across Generations: 60 Second Interview with Sharon Hartung, TEP Read More
    • Sept 2019 (Sheryl MacKay): CBC Radio Canada – North by Northwest – CBC Radio One’s weekend show in BC. Aired Sept 21-2019 Interview starts at 1:00:00. Click to Listen
    • Sept 2019 (Rob Carrick): The Globe and Mail Personal Finance Column, Sept 10, 2019. “Having an updated will could be the all-time most ignored piece of personal-finance advice.” Read More
    • Sept 2019 (Josh Jalinski): Your Financial Quarterback 710AM NY. Click to Listen
    • Sept 2019 (Prajakta Dhopade): Maclean’s Magazine “Technology: Ghosts of cyberspace: What happens to your digital life when you die.” Read More
    • Aug 2019 (Emily Mertz): Global News TV “Digital assets need to be considered, included in your will.” Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (Jordan Health-Rawlings, Claire Brassard): Rogers Media The Big Story Podcast “Death in the Digital Age: How to protect your digital assets.” Also rebroadcast on Breakfast Television & CityNews Calgary, CityNews Winnipeg, Breakfast Television & CityNews Montreal, 660 News Calgary, 680 News Toronto, CityNews Toronto, News 1130 Vancouver, CityNews Edmonton. Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (Bruce Sellery): “Don’t Forget Your Digital Life In Your Estate” on the Moolala Money Made Simple Podcast broadcast on CanadaTalks, Sirius XM Ch.167. Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (David Leonard): KYNT Radio AM1450 South Dakoda. Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (J’lyn Nye): 630 CHED Edmonton Afternoon Show “How digital assets play into your will.” Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (Carl Garnich): 680 News “Ghosts in the Machine, how to prepare for the “digital afterlife.” Click to Listen
    • Aug 2019 (Jim Blasingame): “The digital, cyber and crypto aspect to your financial planning – retirement and death planning must now include your digital, cyber and crypto universe” And “Using technology to plan for the end of your life”. Interview with Jim Blasingame, The Small Business Advocate. Click to Listen
    • Reported Aug 2019 (Ben Sherick): “Digital assets important estate planning consideration” as reported in AirdrieTODAY.com. Click to Listen
    • July 2019 (Amanda Lang): With Facebook’s announcement of their future digital currency Libra, Amanda Lang invited me to join her on Exponential to discuss the impact of digital assets on estate planning and what we need to know. Aired on Newstalk 1290, CJAD800, Newstalk 610, Bloomberg 1410, Newstalk 1010 and The Exponential Podcast. Click to Listen
    • July 2019 (Joanna Palvino): Estate Planning of our Digital and Non-Digital Lives is a cross generational and cross border conversation. Interview with Joanna Palvino of Seniors Rock Radio Show & Podcast (Rochester, NY), which aired on WYSL Radio (1040AM, 92.1FM & 95.5FM). Click to Listen
    • June 2019 (Marc Patrone): How do you go about including one’s digital estate into one’s Will? Interview with Marc Patrone on his Morning Show on News Talk Sauga 960am, live on-air radio, Mississauga (Ontario). Read More
    • June 2019 (Steve Grzanich): How Do You Prepare Your Digital Assets Before You Die? Interview with Steve Grzanich of Chicago’s WGN Radio 720 – The Opening Bell. Interview starts at 5:30. Click to Listen
    • Mar 2019 (Bruce Sellery): Bruce Sellery of Moolala talks with Sharon about “Why our digital lives should be part of our estate plans & how you can prepare for death in a society dominated by technology.” CanadaTalks, Sirius XM Ch. 167 Interview date Mar 12, 2019. Jump to 42:00. Click to Listen
    • Nov 2018 (The Globe and Mail): “Estate Planning is for Everyone”, Nov 5th, 2018. Read More

ARTICLES

    • Dec 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No7 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital assets deep dive: Client Management. “Although a password manager offers a convenient starting point, it won’t tell you all the things you need to know to properly advise the client.” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Nov 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No6 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital assets deep dive: Tech solutions. “…what if the password for the password manager was written down incorrectly or not updated, or required secondary authentication, or had other access barriers?” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Nov 2019 (American Bar Association – Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division): How the Internet Broke Estate Planning, Part 2.” (Link to Article on ABA)
    • Oct 2019 (American Bar Association – Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division): How the Internet Broke Estate Planning, Part 1.” (Link to Article on ABA)
    • Oct 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No5 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital Estate Myth#3: Digital executor solves the problem. “The unfortunate reality is that digital assets are difficult to access after death, and this notion of a digital estate has only emerged in the past 30 years…” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Oct 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No4 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital Estate Myth#2: Hard copy, password managers the answer. “Sharing passwords might seem like a convenient answer to…transferring digital assets, but it is a Band-Aid for…legal, technical and practical reasons.” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Oct 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No3 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital Estate Myth#1: All assets are the same. “It’s unwise to rely solely on the executor’s ability to gain access to a client’s e-mail account because there is a high degree of risk that won’t happen.” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Sept 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No2 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Digital Privacy for the living and the dead. “Password managers are for the living, and estatetech solutions need to emerge…to handle digital assets on death that meet the legal…practical requirements of the executors.” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Sept 2019 (IBM InTouch, enContact Magazine): “Your Digital Undertaker – This is the story of what happens when an IBM delivery leaders retires and drags project management and consulting into estate planning.” IBM InTouch, enContact (Iss51, Fall 2019), p.13,14. (Read English PDF) (Read French PDF)
    • Guest Blog Sept 2019 (Death Goes Digital Podcast): Your Digital Undertaker Attempts to Crack the Code on Death: Getting Your Affairs in Order in the Digital Age. Click to Read
    • Aug 2019 (LexisNexis, The Lawyer’s Daily): No1 Wills, Trusts & Estates – Estate planners: Getting ready for the digital age. “Estate lawyers will need to…keep current on digital asset management trends…to serve their clients in identifying and pre-planning their digital assets.” (Read PDF) (Link to Article on LexisNexis)
    • Aug 2019 (WealthManagement.com): WealthManagement.com/Wealth planning /Estate Planning Article: Are We Approaching Estate2K for Digital Assets? Three factors on which estate planners need to focus as planners are about to experience their own version of Y2K. Read Article
    • July 2019 (STEP Journal): Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) Journal Article. Shelley Rhoads Perry and Sharon Hartung, “Bolster Your Digital Armoury”, STEP Journal (Vol27 Iss6), p.50,51. Read Article
    • May 2019 (STEP Journal): Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) Journal Article. Sharon Hartung, “The digital tsunami”, STEP Journal (Vol27 Iss4), p.41. Read Article
    • Join the STEP Digital Assets Special Interest Group (SIG), you do not need to be a STEP member to join and it is no charge. Click to join

PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS – Available upon request

Excellent article by @deannegage in Forum Magazine on Death in the Digital Age. Thank you Deanne for the opportunity to join the conversation about how advisor's can include this new topic in client conversations (digital assets & the changing role of the…https://lnkd.in/gSn37rU

Thank you so much @UndertakerTech! What a nice surprise at the @WillfulWills office. Everyone should check out Sharon’s book - we ordered it when it came out & loved it.

In the latest episode of the @DigitalPlannin2 #podcast, Pepper partner @JustinHBrownESQ & his co-hosts talk to @UndertakerTech about technology and #estateplanning. Catch up on part 1 of the convo or listen to part 2: https://www.pepperlaw.com/podcasts/exploring-digital-asset-planning-and-estate-administration-with-author-sharon-hartung-part-two-2019-12-03/

Sharon Hartung @UndertakerTech -- Digital asset deep dive: Client management https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/17062/digital-asset-deep-dive-client-management?category=analysis "Although a password manager offers a convenient starting point, it won’t tell you all the things you need to know to properly advise the client."

When Twitter announced an #inactive #account cull last week, they didn’t consider that removal of deceased people’s accounts mught distress people. Is Twitter between a rock and a hard place with the #data of the #dead? @TwitterSupport Read my take: https://medium.com/@elainekasket/the-inactive-account-problem-is-only-going-to-get-worse-71449a345178

Jo Cox’s Twitter feed is safe for now after Twitter’s hasty backtrack, but we can never rely on #socialmedia companies to retain the data of the deceased forever. If it’s important, find a way to back it up in a way that YOU can control. https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/jo-cox-widower-among-bereaved-125332524.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=tw via @YahooFinance

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