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Protect your estate plan by making a hard copy

Cyberattacks have become a focal point in the news over the last few years. From the data breach of Target two years ago to the recent attack on the federal government, tech savvy hackers are getting into data bases most assumed were completely secure. This has caused many to be concerned about the security of digital information and the serious consequences that accompany data breaches.

But if hackers are able to break into government systems, some ask what will stop hackers from turning their attention to other systems, such as those that contain personal information or offer access to our assets? Perhaps one day, this could become an eventuality that may even include the systems that store our estate plans.

Though this future may seem unlikely, it's not an improbable one. A hacker may choose to access a computer system to make changes to a will or gather information they can use to drain personal accounts. For many of our readers in Brevard County, these are circumstances they hope to never experience but may want to plan for just in case.

One way our readers can provide a little protection for themselves is to make sure that they have an up-to-date hard copy of their will on hand. While this won't necessarily protect bank accounts from an identity thief, a physical copy of a will can stand as proof during probate against changes made to a will by a hacker.

Though a cyberattack on a computer system that harbors the digital copy of your estate plan may never happen, this is not the only situation in which a physical copy of a plan might be necessary, which is something to keep in mind and address with your estate planning attorney sooner rather than later.

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