Until recently, it was almost impossible for family members to gain access to a deceased person’s digital accounts after they passed away. Whether access would be granted was at the sole discretion of tech companies, who often required judicial orders before they would even consider allowing families access to digital accounts.
Most states have now passed the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Revised. The act sets out standard rules for access to accounts.
Getting access is still complex and it depends on a few factors, according to Slate in “The Digital Afterlife Is a Mess.”
The process is still difficult, so families would be well-advised to seek the assistance of an elder law attorney.
Reference: Slate (Nov. 29, 2017) “The Digital Afterlife Is a Mess.”
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