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Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

I don’t need to tell you that social media has become a mainstream way to communicate ideas, photos, and information. Even the President uses this technology as a prime form of expression. Have you considered what happens to...more

A Sea Change for Beneficiaries' Right to Information?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeal’s ruling in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing offers beneficiaries rights of access to personal data held by trustees and their legal advisers. This is a landmark case in which our clients, the claimants,...more

Digital assets create new complications for estate planning

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

“Digital assets” encompasses a wide variety of things, from your email and Facebook accounts to your iTunes music to your electronically stored data to your domain name to bitcoins. Some of them may have actual value, while...more

New laws may give fiduciaries power to access digital assets

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Historically, estate planning has been concerned with tangible assets, such as real estate and personal property, and intangible assets, such as securities and other investment assets. In the digital age, estate planning...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

by Varnum LLP on

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

What Happens to your "Social Media" and other "Digital" Life when you Die?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the holidays, it’s likely that you or a loved one received some type of computer or device that connects to internet websites, e-mail and applications. Or that pictures were taken and stored on such a device, or that...more

iWill or iWon’t

Ever wondered what will happen to your Facebook page when you die? The California Legislature has recently weighed in. Effective as of January 1, 2017, California will have its first law to specifically address the handling...more

States Pass "Digital Assets" Legislation

by White & Case LLP on

Financial transactions are increasingly occurring online. Many of us pay bills electronically, or have them automatically charged to credit cards or debited from checking accounts. Many of us also receive asset and credit...more

California Passes Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On September 24, 2016, the Governor of California approved the California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which “would authorize a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage...more

New Law Deals With Digital Assets After Death

by Snell & Wilmer on

In an article earlier this year we noted that at a large number of states had introduced legislation to address an emerging issue that is unique to our Information Age: how will our digital assets be accessed and used (or...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

How can surviving family members deal with online accounts and other digital assets?

We, as a society, are gradually moving away from paper bank statements, jars with money in them, and instructions to loved ones scribbled on notepads. With the growth of our online presence, our lives can be governed almost...more

Trusts and Estates Group News: Estate Planning Enters the Digital Age

by Murtha Cullina on

One reality of modern life is our increasing reliance on digital information and services. It’s difficult to take and then order prints of photographs, accumulate travel rewards, book travel, sort through financial records,...more

Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts: Importance of Considering the Internet and “Digital Assets” in Estate Planning

by GableGotwals on

“Forgot your ID or password?” Everyone using the Internet has probably been asked and answered “Yes” to this question. That usually means having to take the time to answer more questions or search for...more

Keying into your digital assets: Revise your estate plan to account for online documents

In the not-so-distant past, one likely kept copies of vital estate planning documents locked in a fire-resistant vault or file cabinet, with copies at an attorney’s office. However, in this digital age, it’s more likely that...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Cybersecurity Conference Essential Take-Aways Government, Industry and Legal...

by Murtha Cullina on

Representatives of Connecticut businesses and corporations, educational institutions, and state and local government attended Murtha Cullina’s March 2016 Cybersecurity Conference at the Quinnipiac University School of Law....more

Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Accounts Act Adopted by Four States

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

With the shift from traditional hard copy paper documents towards electronic records stored Cloud Computing-based software and services (e.g., iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), access to and use of digital assets by...more

Oregon and Wyoming enact model digital assets law

Although numerous states have studied and introduced legislation adopting the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Accounts Act, only three have adopted it thus far. The first was Delaware, which adopted the model digital...more

Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Accounts: Revised Model Statute Adopted in Oregon

Oregon became the first state to adopt the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“Revised UFADAA”) when Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon Senate Bill 1554 into law on March 3, 2016.  The law will become...more

Privacy + Estate Planning = Handling Your Digital Assets After You Die

by Snell & Wilmer on

The recently-proposed Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“Revised UFADAA”) is a potential solution to a problem that most of us eventually will face: how will our digital assets be accessed and used (or...more

Digital Assets Bill Heading to Florida Senate Floor

by Bryan Cave on

We previously told you about the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (“UFADAA”) in our post found here. Now, Florida may become the 10th state to legislate fiduciary access to digital assets....more

Privacy Tip #10 – What are digital assets and why should I care?

Your digital life and assets can include online music, photos, social media accounts, gaming winnings, and the like. But most of us don’t look at these items as assets that we should think about and plan for when we pass...more

Alert: Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Do you have a personal laptop computer, iPad, iPhone or other personal electronic device requiring an access password? Who, besides you, has that information? If something happens to you, how will your information be...more

Blog: HIPAA FAQ Series: Does HIPAA Protect the PHI of Deceased Individuals?

by Cooley LLP on

In order to protect the privacy and security of patients’ information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) imposes substantial obligations on covered entities (certain providers, plans, and health...more

California introduces ‘opt-in’ digital assets bill

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On June 8, 2015, it was reported that the California legislature is considering a new bill, A.B. 691, which would set forth the procedure for handling a deceased individual’s digital assets, including their social media...more

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