The owner of, Mike Kupka, died. His credit cards were cancelled and then his domains didn’t auto-renew. was almost lost after it expired, but Bill Sweetman helped the owner’s family and the person managing his estate recover the domain and get them a $600,000 inheritance that they would have lost.

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Lessons For Domain Owners

  • How many valuable domains do you have?
  • Share a list of your domains to your loved ones
  • Make a will that includes your domain name portfolio
  • Keep a list of your domains in a spreadsheet that includes Registrar and expiration information
  • Leave clear instructions as to how to access and renew or transfer your domains for your estate trustee
  • Create a support group of entrepreneurs in your circle to help sell your valuable domains to finance your business and create liquidity.