Fighting over Facebook pictures: why you need a 'digital will'

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Digital assets are increasingly the subject of legal battles Credit: Yui Mok/PA

It is typically property or cash that causes the biggest arguments between the inheritors of an estate, but many legal battles are now being fought over digital assets as well.

Gorvins, a firm of solicitors, said it had seen a rise in the number of legal cases concerning the digital legacies of the deceased.

These assets included everything from family photographs to digital downloads of films, music and television programmes. Even posts made to Facebook and Instagram have been subject to disputes by children, family members and other beneficiaries.

Michael Smoult, of Gorvins, said: “It's a potentially combustible state of affairs since you could have a situation where, say, an ex-wife doesn't...