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Category Archives: Digital Assets

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New Illinois Laws for 2017, Part 1: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

This post will be the first in a series of posts about new Illinois probate and estate laws taking effect in late 2016 or the beginning of 2017. I have been writing about the emerging issues surrounding estate planning for digital assets for several years (read all of my posts here). After years of… Read More »

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ULC Rewrites ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act’

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote a blog post about the ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act’ (UFADAA) that was adopted in July 2014 by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). My post provided an overview about how the model legislation was crafted and what it provided, and explained that it would be… Read More »

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Facebook Adds “Legacy Contact” Option (Plus, I’m now on Twitter)

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Almost exactly one year ago, I posted about a policy change that Facebook had made with respect to accounts of deceased individuals (see “Facebook Makes Memorialized Accounts More Public“, February 25, 2014). Last year, Facebook’s change fixed the privacy settings for “memorialized accounts” so that they would not be changed after death. When I… Read More »

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WBEZ Tech Shift Podcasts on Death in the Digital Age

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

A couple weeks ago, Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ 91.5 FM, ran a series of four short podcasts on its ‘Tech Shift’ channel on the subject of death in the digital age and how technology is changing the way we handle death. The topics included a new Cook County ‘digital cemetery’ program, a discussion… Read More »

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Big Internet Companies Oppose FADA Legislation — Really!?!

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

In July I discussed and lauded the recent adoption of the Uniform Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets (FADA) Act. FADA is not a law in itself, but is intended to provide uniform model legislation for states to enact to vest fiduciaries (executor, trustee, agent and guardian) with the authority to access digital assets and… Read More »

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The New ‘Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets’ (UFADA) Act

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Last year I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. One of the issues I highlighted is the lack of legal guidance addressing a fiduciary’s ability to access to digital assets. I noted that the Uniform Law Commission had formed a committee that was drafting model legislation known as the “Uniform Fiduciary… Read More »

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Digital Asset Planning: The Problem with Online Afterlife Companies

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Last June I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. I discussed some of the unique and dynamic issues along with the importance of maintaining a digital asset inventory and including enabling provisions in estate planning documents. I also highlighted the emergence of so-called online afterlife companies. These companies provide various services… Read More »

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Facebook Makes Memorialized Accounts More Public

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Last year I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets.  Digital assets include everything from e-mail to photo sharing to cloud music storage to social networks.  I explained that this is an emerging area without a lot of legal guidance and with a lot of change expected as laws and policies evolve… Read More »

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Free Digital Asset Inventory Tool from Estate Map

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

Back in June, I wrote an Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets. Part of the discussion centered around the importance of maintaining a comprehensive digital asset and account inventory and making that inventory available to your successors. One of the comments on my post was from Joe Henderson, a Minneapolis estate planning attorney… Read More »

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Introduction to Estate Planning for Digital Assets

By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb |

The topic of what happens with a person’s “digital assets” and accounts after death or disability has been the subject of increasing debate and importance over the past several years.  Facebook and Twitter, e-mail, iTunes, blogs, YouTube, Kindle books, websites, Flickr photos, Ebay businesses — the list goes on and is growing.  Our online… Read More »