Friday, August 05, 2016

Access to Digital Assets of Decedents

Growing Social MediaIn 2014, Delaware became "the first state to follow the latest suggestion from the Uniform Law Commission, a non-profit group that crafts model legislation and lobbies to enact it across all jurisdictions in the United States. Last month the ULC adopted a new legal standard, the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA), which laid out what rights heirs should have over digital content belonging to the deceased..."

The National Conference of State Legislatures keeps track of statutes and citations at the state-level which relate to this. According to the NCSL web site:
Several states have enacted laws addressing access to email, social media accounts, microblogging or other website accounts, or certain electronically stored information, upon a person’s incapacity or death. Nevada law provides for the termination of decedents' social media accounts.
The information on the NCSL web site is up-to-date and includes information on legislative actions in 2016. If this is a topic of interest to you, then check out the site.

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