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- Will it have unintended legal consequences? The purpose of SafeBeyond, Heavenote, and other such services is to give people a method to record personal messages whenever they want. But as with other forms of technology, the law of unintended consequences often reigns, which is what worries trust and estate lawyers. Videotaping anything meant for heirs when you’re sick or dead could have ramifications, particularly if not everyone is happy with their inheritance. If a lawyer is not part of that situation and a video message for loved ones surfaces in a probate contest, it could cause family problems and the wishes expressed might not be recognized by the court.
- Will it be disturbing to your loved ones? While the services are intended to help people stay in their loved ones’ lives after they’re gone, more than a few people questioned whether such a message might be disturbing to the recipient. Some families will cherish a recording of a loved one; others are going to think it’s creepy (causing nightmares and more grief for loved ones).
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