The Rise of Digital Assets: A New Frontier for Estate Planning

In an age where digital assets, like Bitcoin, Ethereum and NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are rapidly becoming as valuable—if not more—than traditional assets, the necessity for their inclusion in estate planning is unmistakably crucial. The conventional frameworks of estate planning (including wills and trusts), are being stretched to accommodate this new asset class; creating a new frontier that necessitates secure and efficient management solutions. This evolution is not only changing the way we think about wealth but also how we plan for its transfer after our lifetimes.


In this article, we explore how digital assets are reshaping the concept of trusts, providing individuals with greater control and flexibility over their wealth. We examine the benefits and challenges of using trusts to manage digital assets, including considerations for estate planning, asset protection, and privacy; and here we explore Stackr, an investment platform that bridges the gap between the physical and digital realms of wealth.


The Essential Role of Trusts in Modern Estate Planning


Trusts have stood the test of time as an indispensable tool in estate planning, offering a sophisticated mechanism for managing and transferring assets according to an individual’s wishes posthumously. They bring several compelling benefits to the table, including:

  • Protection: Trusts can serve as a shield, protecting assets from legal disputes and ensuring they reach the intended beneficiaries without interference.
  • Control and Flexibility: Individuals can specify exact terms for the management and distribution of assets within their trust, tailoring the trust to meet unique family needs or circumstances.
  • Privacy: Unlike wills, which become public records through the probate process, trusts can maintain the confidentiality of asset distribution details.



Navigating the Challenges of Digital Assets in Trusts

Managing digital assets in trusts presents a new layer of complexity compared to traditional assets. Unlike physical possessions, digital assets reside on blockchains and are accessed through private keys. Losing or compromising these keys can lead to permanent loss of the assets. Therefore a trustee who understands how to safeguard digital assets is paramount.

Adding to the complexities, the legal and regulatory framework surrounding digital assets is still evolving, and for example Singapore stands out for its forward-thinking stance on digital assets. Unlike many nations, it boasts the absence of capital gains tax for individual investors and a welcoming regulatory framework for cryptocurrency activities, However, the global landscape remains varied, with some countries still lacking any regulations for digital assets, leaving a grey area for investors and businesses.

This makes it difficult for trustees to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape and ensure compliance with any new regulations specific to digital assets held within trusts. Further complicating the situation, tax regulations concerning digital assets vary across jurisdictions. Careful consideration is required by trustees to avoid unintended tax consequences.


The Impact of Digital Assets on Traditional Estate Planning

The emergence of digital assets is precipitating a significant transformation in estate planning practices:

  • Complexity Increase: The distinctive nature of digital assets challenges traditional estate planning methodologies, necessitating innovative approaches.
  • Prevention of Asset Loss: Effective estate planning ensures that digital assets are comprehensively accounted for and transferred to beneficiaries.
  • Management and Protection: By appointing a knowledgeable trustee, the estate plan can safeguard these digital assets against loss and mismanagement.


Stackr: Pioneering Digital Asset Estate Planning


Stackr addresses the challenge of integrating digital assets into estate planning. This innovative platform simplifies long-term savings by leveraging personalised trusts, traditionally only accessible to high-net-worth individuals. This platform provides convenient account access anytime, anywhere, empowering you to manage your financial future. It acts as a one-stop shop for investments, including access to new alternative asset classes, simplifying the investment process. Furthermore, Stackr operates in a regulated environment, which ensures that your investment is protected at all times. In addition to these benefits, Stackr also allows you to nominate beneficiaries to inherit your assets without going through costly probate processes.



Through the Stackr platform, investments are securely managed within a sub-trust established in Bermuda for each individual investor. This arrangement ensures that every client’s investments are safeguarded and governed by Bermuda law. The Stackr Master Trust, governed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) and guided by the expertise of independent trustee Altree Trust, forms the core of our regulatory ecosystem. Eligible investors have sub-trusts created on their behalf, with the trustee managing chosen investments for them. As distinct legal entities, each sub-trust’s assets are effectively shielded from the general creditors of other sub-trusts or the trustee. This added layer of safety, combined with Bermuda’s financial stability, political security, and economic resilience, enables investors to achieve better asset diversification, particularly during periods of economic and geopolitical uncertainty.


Conclusion: Embracing the Future of Estate Planning


The digital revolution is undeniably reshaping the landscape of estate planning. As digital assets grow in prominence and value, the need for their careful integration into estate plans becomes increasingly critical. By understanding the unique challenges posed by these assets and adopting forward-thinking solutions like Stackr, individuals can ensure that their digital wealth is managed with the same care and precision as traditional assets. The future of estate planning is here, and it is digital. Through proactive planning and the utilisation of innovative tools, we can secure our digital legacy for generations to come.


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