Inaction when it comes to your digital estate pla can lead to the loss of valuable digital assets that help form your digital legacy, or conversely the release of some content you prefer to remain private and eventually be deleted.
The vast amount of your password-protected online accounts can make it difficult for a personal representative to locate and manage your digital assets. Most online providers can delete your account and its contents at their discretion and without liability per their terms of service (TOS) agreement; leading to your data being lost forever.
Most TOS agreements prohibit access to an account by someone other than the owner, including a spouse, significant other, family member, or other trusted individual. Recent state digital asset laws require your written authorization and consent before email, social media, and messaging contents are shared with your beneficiary. Other digital assets you would prefer to be deleted and not shared with others also require explicit written directions for that to be carried out.