Texas Tech Law Professor Earns Third Excellence in Writing Award

The editors of Probate & Property magazine awarded a Texas Tech University School of Law professor his third excellence in writing award for an article on digital asset planning.

Gerry W. Beyer, Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, received the 2012 Excellence in Writing Award for the Best Cutting Edge Article—Trust & Estate.

Beyer co-authored the article, When You Pass On, Don’t Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets, with Naomi Cahn of the George Washington University Law School.

The article tackles issues related to the safekeeping and disposition of online assets such as email, banking or social media accounts.

“I was very surprised and excited to receive the award,” Beyer said, “especially because I learned about it while perusing the January issue of the magazine which contained the announcement. Planning for a person’s digital estate is growing in importance, and I recommend that everyone raise the issue with his or her estate planning attorney. ”

Probate & Property magazine is an official publication of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

This award marks the third time that the American Bar Association has presented Beyer with an excellence in writing award. Beyer received the Best Overall Article (Probate & Trust) in 2001 for his article titled Estate Planning for Pets. He also received the Best Cutting Edge Article (Probate & Trust) in 1993 for his article titled Pre-Mortem Probate.

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Contact: Cory Chandler, communications coordinator, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 249, or cory.chandler@ttu.edu.