New research by the Law Society has shown that just over a quarter of people surveyed know what happens to their digital assets when they die and why it is important to include them in their will.

The survey of more than 1,000 members of the public shows that:

  • just 29% of those surveyed have an up-to-date will
  • only 26% of respondents know what happens to their digital assets after they die.

Of those surveyed who have a will, an overwhelming 93% had not included any digital assets in their will.

Law Society president David Greene said: “Photos, social media accounts and emails from loved ones are often just as treasured as physical possessions – and yet very few people understand what happens to their digital assets or why it is important to include them in their will.”