If you've already created a will and trust, you are ahead of the game. One of the most important parts of planning for your estate is choosing an executor that you can trust to handle your affairs and assets after you are gone. This can be a time-consuming job for someone, so you want to make sure you have the right person with the patience and determination to see it through.
If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would surely add "identity theft" to the other two certainties he observed in life: death and taxes. While the internet does streamline our lives in its ability to warehouse all documents and link all aspects of our lives, our growing reliance on the cloud-based servers and remote databases also enables unscrupulous individuals to access and manipulate this online information. Such is the case when loved ones pass away. Mining personal information from hospitals, funeral homes or obituaries, identity thieves obtain personal information about the deceased, using fake or purchased social security numbers to obtain credit cards or file tax returns.