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Fiduciaries and managing digital assets

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2024 | Fiduciary Representation |

Today’s estate management extends beyond traditional investments. Modern fiduciaries must grapple with digital assets. Dealing with online accounts and digital currencies requires specialized knowledge and careful planning.

Fiduciaries and digital assets

Digital assets encompass a wide range of items. Important assets include online banking accounts, investment accounts, and cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Challenges in managing cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency presents unique challenges due to its decentralized nature and volatile value. Accessing cryptocurrency wallets is more complicated than logging into a website.. These secure systems typically require encrypted private keys. Many also use multi-factor authentication. Without the complete set of information and device access, it can be impossible to access these accounts. These wallets also often do not offer customer support for recovery, creating another barrier to access.

Additionally, fiduciaries must also stay informed about changing regulations. The volatile nature of cryptocurrency values adds a layer of complexity.  Cryptocurrency tax implications can also change rapidly, requiring strategic decision-making by fiduciaries.

Legal responsibilities of fiduciaries

Fiduciaries must act in the best interest of those they manage assets for. This includes keeping digital assets safe and managing them well. They must deal with passwords, encryption, and regulatory compliance. Good management needs a clear list of all digital assets and how to access them.

Navigating the future of digital asset management

As technology changes, fiduciaries’ roles will become more important. Learning new tools and staying informed can help fiduciaries manage these assets better. By keeping up with trends, fiduciaries can protect and manage digital wealth.