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CPD Course:
Digital Property
and Probate

Presented by
Prof. Steven Gallagher,
Professor of Practice in Law,
Associate Dean
(Academic & Student Affairs),
The Faculty of Law,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Digital Property and Probate
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Code: EVT000000438 Level: Intermediate
Date: 9 August 2024 (Friday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK CPD Points being applied for
Venue: Admission:
Standard Fee: HK$1,980.00
Advanced Booking: HK$1,680.00
(on or before 26 July 2024)

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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Steven Gallagher

Steven Gallagher was awarded a first class LL.B.  He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.  Steven teaches equity and trusts, property law, and a course on art, antiquities, cultural heritage and the law.  In September 2023, Steven began teaching a new course on digital technology and law.  Steven has presented over 200 continuing professional development courses for solicitors in Hong Kong on many topics associated with property.  Steven’s research interests include equity and the law of trusts, cultural heritage law, Chinese custom and law, and legal history.  In 2023, Steven published a textbook on Digital Technology and Law.  He is not a technologist.

Course Outline:

Lawyers are already engaging with digital property.  For those assisting in estate planning and/or dealing with estates involving digital property, there have already been high-profile issues.  These can involve issues in identifying, recovering and assigning digital property.  This three-hour seminar will consider those issues.  The first part of the seminar will consider issues that arise in estate planning involving digital property.  This includes identifying digital property and considering the characteristics of various forms of digital property, including virtual property and crypto-property (including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)).  This part will also consider the problems with transferring ownership or control of digital property and recovering digital property.  The second part of the seminar will consider the use of digital wills.  The seminar will conclude by considering some notable cases that have been decided on these issues.

Some of the topics which will be covered in this course include:

  • What is electronic digital technology?
  • What are digital assets and digital property?
  • Is digital property really property?
  • General issues with digital assets and property;
  • Who owns your digital music collection?
  • Who owns your social media?
  • What is blockchain?
  • What are cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens?
  • Why probate practitioners should care about digital assets;
  • Transferrable and non-transferrable digital assets;
  • What are digital wills and are they valid and enforceable?
  • The future including digital wills;
  • Challenges in estate planning.

This course is provided by:  Kornerstone Limited
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