Digital Assets are a relatively new area of the law with regard to estate planning. Terms of Services Agreements dictate who will have access and control over someone’s Digital Assets and what will happen to them when someone is incapacitated or dies, so it is important to make sure to read those and choose a service provider that allows you to leave someone in control if these assets are important to you.
Digital Assets include websites, email services, photo storage, and file storage, just to name a few. Certain sites like Google and Facebook allow users to authorize someone to take control of what you wish them to save. Parents and adult children should both make sure that they let each other know what is important and set out their wishes so that these assets aren’t ignored. Most of us have seen the sad Facebook account that still exists for a friend who’s been gone for a while but didn’t give someone authority to their account.