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How it Works: Vault12 Guard Inheritance.

Vault12 Guard Digital Inheritance is the first solution to offer a simple, direct, and secure way for all types of investors to ensure that all of your digital assets can be accessed by future generations.


  • Traditional approaches to the inheritance of assets, when applied to digital assets, create complexity and risk.
  • Your portfolio of digital assets is continually changing — you cannot rely on doing an inventory once, or for that matter continuously, without assistance.
  • This simple and direct approach reduces the uncertainty around assets not being available to the designated recipient. It also avoids having to approach and petition each service individually during probate to gain access.

The Vault12 platform provides protection, backup resilience, and security to your digital assets. Vault12 Guard Inheritance enables you to designate a beneficiary (an executor, trustee, or other chosen beneficiary) who can inherit the entire portfolio of digital assets that you choose to store in your Vault. There is no need to update an inventory continually or to issue updated instructions.

  • You can use a Vault12 Guard Digital Vault to store Digital assets, including cryptocurrency, financial login information, legal documents, medical records, and more.
  • The Vault is protected by your network of Guardians — friends, family, and/or business associates — people that you know and trust.
  • A beneficiary is designated by the Vault owner from the chosen Guardians, and a declaration is digitally signed. This can then be emailed to other parties, e.g., lawyers.
  • When the Vault Owner's legally-defined trigger for the inheritance event occurs (incapacitation or passing on), the beneficiary indicates that they are ready to access the digital assets, a designated number of Guardians approve the request, and the assets are unlocked and transferred to the beneficiary.
  • Should the beneficiary attempt to access the assets before they are intended to, the owner can veto the request before any of the Guardians receive an approval request.

Digital Inheritance: How it works

Digital Inheritance and associated inheritance planning and digital estate planning can become very complex. Vault12 Digital Inheritance the first solution suitable…

Let's see the process step by step:

I. Configuring Inheritance

Starting Point — Make sure you are using the latest app, that your Vault is already set up, Guardians have been assigned, and assets added. To recap how to do this, watch this video.

  1. As the Vault owner, you need to turn on the Digital Inheritance capability, and assign a beneficiary from your group of Guardians. Depending on what you and your Trust & Estates lawyer have agreed in terms of a Will or a Living Trust, the designated individual could be the Beneficiary or the Executor, or in fact, the Trustee — this is entirely up to you and your lawyer.
  • Click on the setting icon and select "Inheritance," which will enable you to designate one of your Guardians as the inheritor.

2. Once designated, you will be asked to fill in some details like full legal names, and these will be inserted into a legal declaration that documents the assignment of your digital assets to the designated Guardian at some point in the future.

3. Once you've reviewed the declaration and signed it, a copy is sent to the Beneficiary together with an invitation to accept. You may want to call your Beneficiary at this point to discuss your wishes for the future.

II. Activating Inheritance as the beneficiary

  • When the time comes to access the inherited digital assets, the Beneficiary opens the Vault12 app, selects the Vault to be inherited, and activates Inheritance. This will send a safeguard message to the Vault owner — just in case the Beneficiary is actually jumping the gun. The owner has a set period of time — 48 hours — to veto the request.

2. Once the Vault is ready, the Beneficiary is asked to contact the Vault owner's Guardians.

The Guardians are contacted out of band, e.g., by phone by the Beneficiary, and asked to do a Vault Recovery.
The Vault recovery/asset unlock process is the same process that Guardians may have enacted multiple times for the owner — so nothing new for them to do.

3. Once the minimum number of Guardians have confirmed a Vault Unlock, the assets are transferred to the Beneficiary.

The Inheritance process is complete, and the new Beneficiary will be free to disburse the assets as specified by the Vault owner's Will or Living Trust.

The Vault12 Digital Inheritance capability is designed to ensure that all digital assets — not just cryptocurrency — that are backed up in the original Vault are passed on to the designated individual in the future.

Digital Inheritance is part of the Vault12 Guard app, and is now available in the App Store, Google Play, macOS, and Windows.

Download at https://vault12.com/download.

If you are a lawyer or a crypto investor please view our web seminar hosted by the Chamber of Digital Commerce, with
- Philip C. Berg, Otterbourg P. C.
- Jason Lederman, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
- Wasim Ahmad, Chief Crypto Officer, Vault12

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Vault12 Digital Inheritance is the first solution to deliver an effortless and secure method for transferring a variety of digital assets — including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), other cryptocurrencies, and data — to future generations.

This innovative system enables users to appoint either a person or a mobile device as a guardian. The designated guardian is entrusted to protect the user's comprehensive collection of digital assets, encompassing seed phrases, private keys, and other confidential information, safely stored within a decentralized digital Vault.

This process not only mitigates potential risks but also removes the necessity for regularly revising asset inventories or modifying instructions, which often leads to breaches in privacy.

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Secure Decentralized Backups and Storage.

Designed to be used alongside traditional hardware, software, and online wallets, Vault12 Guard helps cryptocurrency owners, safeguard their digital assets without storing anything in the cloud or in fact, any one single location. This increases protection and decreases the risks of loss.

Note:The Vault12 Guard app is not a crypto wallet and does not hold cryptocurrency. Using a decentralized approach, a digital Vault safeguards your Bitcoin or Ethereum wallet seed phrases, private keys, and other essential data.

The Vault12 Guard app enables secure decentralized backups and provides inheritance for all your digital assets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, crypto wallets, and other digital data.

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Collectors, ensure your Art is protected for the future.

Whether your digital art is suitable for a phone, or represents much higher resolution multimedia, make sure that you have backed up a copy in case the resource link is disrupted in the future. Digital art can easily be added to the Vault either via the mobile app or via the desktop utility. Once you have stored your artwork in your Vault, it will also benefit from inheritance once you activate that in your app.

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Protect your home and family's data.

Whether you are at home or away, make sure that essential data about your home and family - including IDs, medical records, insurance information and home safe combinations - is backed up and available at your finger tips.

With a secure decentralized backup Vault, you can ensure that, in any event, you always have access to important information, wherever you are.

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Step-by-step guides for setting up your digital Vault and adding assets, inheriting and restoring Vaults. Vault12 Guard helps you inherit and back up all assets stored in your Vault, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, crypto, private keys, seed phrases, digital wallets, and essential home & family data.

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Vault12 Digital Inheritance is the first solution to offer a simple, direct, and secure way for all types of investors to ensure that all of your digital assets can be accessed by future generations.

The Vault12 platform provides protection, backup resilience, and security to your digital assets. Vault12 Digital Inheritance enables you to designate a beneficiary (an executor, trustee, or other chosen beneficiary) who can inherit the entire portfolio of digital assets that you choose to store in your Vault. There is no need to continually update an inventory or to issue updated instructions.

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