The Internet has changed a lot of things ever since it first hit the world, so many things, in fact, that we can’t even imagine life without it. Just when people thought that there’s nothing the web can throw into a paradigm shift, it proved them wrong with e-wills.
Yes, you read that right and it’s not some sort of prank. Due to the fact that the world is progressively more paperless, perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised that we soon won’t need the common preparations for basting the formaldehyde turkey we’ve been accustomed to pretty much from the dawn of mankind.
Let’s take about e-wills in order to familiarize the “ignorant” with them and what they’re supposed to be.
The Wills of the Future
Granted, “e-will” sounds like something you’d rather see in Futurama than in real life. While this type of modern (or maybe postmodern?) isn’t established yet, it will purportedly be either 1) a fully electronic will or 2) just an electronic signature that’ll go on the hard copy of the will.
Now, the $1 million question: why would the world need e-wills? For starters, forgeries will become a thing of the past. If the e-will is going to be an e-signature, then there will be no way that someone could tamper with it.
Paper wills can easily be misplaced – if they’ll go 100% electronic in the near future, that’s one less problem you’ll have to deal with. It will probably be stored safely on an USB or straight on one’s computer.
One other thing paper wills are vulnerable to is destruction, which can be accidental or premeditated. Unless it is deleted from the folder it’s stored in, an e-will will be safe and sound.
The Issues with E-Wills
So far, the e-will looks like an amazing alternative to the old paper will people have been writing for hundreds of years. However, this has its disadvantages. The most obvious one is its predisposition to being hacked.
With a few precaution measures, though, one can make his/her laptop, PC or tablet hacker-proof. Another downside is that it will probably take a while until e-wills become legal. In most states, a will has to be in hard copy in order to be legitimate.
Right now, all will contest attorneys will tell you that creating an e-will is not something you want to be doing. The idea has just been introduced – there’s no guarantee that it will be fleshed out in reality.
E-wills, if they become the rule of thumb, will have both pros and cons. The format, vulnerability to hacking and legality are problems that will have to be addressed shortly if enough people are interested in making this change happen.
Until then, there’s nothing we can do but watch how things unfold. At the moment, we’re intrigued about how much e-wills would facilitate both the process of writing wills and their storage.
Let’s hope that they’ll be made in a format that’ll never go out of usage.