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🤦‍♀️ I Should’ve Been an Attorney – Sample Forms for Naming a DNA Beneficiary

I should've been an attorney. If I were an attorney I'd save myself and family so much money because I'd be able to draw up all the legal contracts we need.

Everyone dies. Attorneys can make dying simpler and the aftermath of death less complicated for those left behind.

I'm helping someone get ready to sell her home & make some estate preparations, so once again I'm visiting with attorneys, making sure legal documents are in order, etc. This includes designating a DNA Beneficiary.



The Problem with Dying

Even if you're on your A-game and have prepped for death, one problem with preparing for death in 2019 is the law hasn't completely kept up with the technology. You can visit The Digital Beyond and read their book Your Digital Afterlife to better understand the problem. There's a great site in the UK, The Digital Legacy Association with free resources, including this spreadsheet for digital…

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DNA Day Sales & Benefits at Test Sites

Thursday, April 25th is National DNA Day in the US and these testing companies have sales: 23andMeAncestryDNAFamilyTreeDNALiving DNAMyHeritageDNA


I'll share, in italics, what I've gleaned from my test results at each site.




23andMe has a 3-in-1 DNA test for $99 (not on sale) and a Health & Ancestry test on sale for $169 ($30 off the list price of $199). 23andMe's Ancestry test is a 3-in-1 DNA test and includes some mitochondrial and Y-DNA (Y-DNA only if you are male) results, but that portion of the testing is not as comprehensive as FamilyTreeDNA's mtDNA and Y-DNA tests.

I have 1200 DNA matches at 23andMe, mainly extended family, 3rd cousins and beyond. I don't use 23andMe for genealogy purposes. I primarily follow my 23andMe test results for the health test results-they're currently the only one of these companies offering health results (you'll need to purchase the Health & Ancestry t…

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How To Name a Beneficiary for your DNA

I've written an updated blog with links to sample DNA Beneficiary forms called, "I Should've Been an Attorney."

FamilyTree DNA is the only major testing site that currently provides an online directive and a printable form to name a beneficiary for your DNA. Someone will be making choices about how to handle your DNA when you die, so it makes sense for us to consider how we want our DNA used and then leave explicit instructions.

When you die, you may want your DNA

deleted permanentlyassigned to a beneficiary to manage so it can be used for matchesassigned to a beneficiary for other purposes including downloading the data for use on other sites or using your test sample for further DNA testing.

Whatever your desires, you should make them as explicit as possible because in the absence of your directive, many places are treating your digital assets as part of your estate and they are managed at the discretion of th…

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