Identity Theft and the Digital Estate:
The Digital Estate includes all digitally stored content and accounts owned by an individual at death. The digital estate of the deceased needs to be located, reviewed and distributed as required by a valid Will or the probate court.
Digital Executor or Digital Administrator:
People are naming a Digital Executor more often but state laws have not kept up with the need. The executor still has all legal responsibility for the dispensation of the estate including the distribution of all digital assets to the beneficiaries by providing them with the necessary content and/ or access information. Some digital assets may still need to be posted online after death and files may need to be deleted and hard storage scrubbed clean. The executor has the legal responsibility for disposition of the estate. The digital executor helps with Digital Assets: online storage “in the cloud”, online shopping sites, websites, blogs, videos, CD’s, DVD’s (some contain important documents and may be password protected or encrypted). Family photos all stored online, on DVDs or thumb drives. There are passwords, encryption, challenge codes, social networking websites.
All digital Assets must be protected and distributed. The Digital Executor can be very helpful.