What to do with your Internet passwords when you die?

Coming of age in this digital world has its luxuries, but those luxuries come with their own set of complexities. Face Book enables you to connect with friends; blogging sites (such as this one) allow you to express your ideas to the world; and paying your bill over the Internet is convenient...

DAP Trust: Dealing with your Digital / Online Rights and Property Correctly

Today there is a big hole in most estate plans. Most estate plans do not deal with the property and license rights that almost all Americans have accumulated with their online lives. What online assets should be concerned with? Email Accounts - Gmail, Yahoo, MSN, Comcast, AOL ... Social Networking...

Nightmare on Estate Planning Street: Beware the Digital Haunting

"Digital assets" - they've been getting some press lately. Though we're neck deep in digital holdings, digitized assets are often overlooked in estate planning. They lack physicality and often monetary value, but what they do have is life. They are alive with you and, possibly,...

Florida Digital Asset Protection Lawyer: To My Loving Wife I Leave My iTunes Account

Estate planning is an important event in one's life. The fruits of a life time of hard work, passed down in the hopes that they will serve their next owner well. But in this modern age we live in, online digital assets are frequently left out of the estate planning process. Much of our the time...

Death And Your Emails

An article by Dennis Kennedy in this month's ABA Journal poses some interesting questions about our "digital estate". Keeping in mind that the "e" in email stands for "evidence" and "eternal" , it is a sure bet that our on line presence will outlive us. That...

Who Owns Your iTunes Account? and Bruce Willis

Last week [Aug. 27 - 31] there were several articles which brought light to many that our online identities are just licenses which will expire upon out death. While this concept is new to some, most lawyers understand this. Unfortunately there appear to be some who do not understand that we are dealing...

Don't Let Your Digital Assets Die Hard

A recent story in the press reported that Bruce Willis was considering suing Apple, angry that he could not pass along his enormous I-Tunes account to his daughters in his will because he does not own his account, but merely has a license to access the musical library. Although reports of the lawsuit...

An Introduction to the Problems of Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Have you ever wondered what happens to your digital assets when you die? By digital assets I mean your email, Facebook, Twitter and other accounts. What about your iTunes music purchases? You Amazon Kindle books? Are you allowed to transfer your music to your beneficiaries? How do you access your...

McNees Insights: Estate Planning for Digital Assets

By Andrew S. Rusniak It is often said that the law lags behind technology. One area where this sentiment is particularly applicable is estate planning for digital assets. In a world where our lives are becoming ever more digital, many estate planning practitioners unfortunately attempt to rely on...

David Shulman on Estate Planning: Finding Your Digital Assets After Death

by David Shulman I’ve written before about estate planning for your digital assets and online accounts. Well this article isn’t necessarily about planning , but what happens after you die – especially if you don’t plan (or even if you do). I do both estate planning and probate...

David Shulman: Gizmodo Gets Everything About the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Wrong

By David Shulman As I’ve written recently , the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Fidicuary Access to Digital Assets Act. The act can be found on the Committee’s website , along with supplemental material, such as prior drafts, comments, and issues memorandum. A direct link to...