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Digital Assets: New Technology in Trusts & Estates Practice

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Produced on January 15, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In the 21st century, practitioners handling Trusts and Estates must grapple with old questions posed by new technological advances: what is an asset? Everyone is familiar with traditional assets such as automobiles, bank accounts, and residences. In the digital age, however, individuals may also have virtual assets such as social media content, which raises unique legal issues. For example, access to these virtual assets may be restricted by their nature and the uniqueness of their being in electronic form. In this program, attorneys will discover means by which the administrators of trusts and estates might locate, access, and take control of virtual assets for the benefit of beneficiaries, review the possible complications posed by these circumstances, and understand how to adapt their traditional legal duties to a changing world.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the nature of digital assets and how these might be valued
  2. Appreciate difficulties that may arise when administrators seek to take control of digital assets
  3. Review what legal remedies exist for administrators who experience difficulties in collection

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Ronald Hedges


Ronald is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has an extensive experience in e-discovery and in management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI"). 

Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges. 

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law— Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.


Jennifer C.

Timely and informative

David O.

Interesting subject matter to deal with in the area of estate planning

Jacqueline B.

Very thought provoking and informative.

Paul P.

Thank you.

Judith P.

very informative

Douglas G.

Interesting to consider the needs for password access for estate administration.

Mary E G.

Very informative.

Jeffrey T.

Mr. Hedges is always very informative and well-prepared.

Julie P.

good speaker

Assly S.

I loved the candid tone and the discussion of this new but important area of law and the reminder of what an attorney can do to protect both their client and themselves when addressing it.

Brenda C.

Interesting topic that we don’t often think about.

William P.

excellent presenter

Andrew S.

Good presentation about a very important issue.

Joy K.

Very little substantive takeaways.

Jane C.

Great intro to digital asset issues!

Emma L.

I must do further research on the new area of law. Thanks

Thomas F.


Thom G.

Another great CLE!

Reginald D.

Informative whether you practice in cyber security or criminal law when it come to client info. A concern some attorneys may not consider

ken b.

good one

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