Losing a loved one is something we must all face in life. Whether it's a friend, family member or an admired idol, death is inevitable and can be very painful, if not torturous to countless Seattle residents. When our loved ones die, their assets are often distributed among close family members and friends through wills or trusts. But what happens to the deceased's digital property, such as their Facebook accounts? Many people are finding themselves in a bit of a legal gray area when it comes to accessing the deceased's digital assets.
Readers in the greater Seattle area may have taken note of some previous discussions regarding the importance of including one's digital assets in an estate plan. Over the past several months, the federal government has been encouraging people to compile a list of digital accounts and passwords to keep with other important estate documents. An organized and comprehensive list of digital accounts can greatly simplify the job of one's personal representative during estate administration.