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Prepare for the iWills

By Margaret Canning

Published 13/10/2011

The great BlackBerry foul-up may leave it with fewer fans but it's unlikely the tide can be turned on our love affair with t'internet.

Now a cloud computing company has found that many internet users consider their digital possessions valuable enough to pass on to their heirs.

Rackspace said internet passwords were being left in wills with many considering music, video and films stored online valuable enough to be passed on to their loved ones.

Lawyers have said including passwords in wills is a major change in how wills are drawn up. One law firm partner said: "We have started to advise clients on the topic of digital inheritance as it is something people should be thinking and doing something about as part of the provisions in their will.

"Making provisions for digital inheritance in a will or codicil is relatively straightforward."

A psychologist backed the findings. "An e-hoarder is like any other hoarder - they are just moving this habit from the physical world to the cloud."

But it's safe to say that BlackBerrys are unlikely to find themselves included in wills.

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