Jan 27, 2021

New Law Gives Pennsylvania Executors Power Over Decedents’ Social Media And Other Digital Content

What happens to your digital assets when you die? This includes online assets previously uploaded by the deceased: photos, music, videos, email messages, and other digital content that are hosted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and stored by tech giants like Apple and Google.

Now the state of Pennsylvania allows estate executors to take control of the deceased person’s online assets.

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA), enacted on July 23, 2020, gives executors, administrators, trustees, holders of power of attorney, and guardians legal authority to manage and access electronic records, including email and social media accounts of decedents and incapacitated individuals. RUFADAA also creates a legal framework for third-party digital content platforms or custodians that process or store electronic records when releasing records to the estate fiduciary.

You can read a lot more in an article by Cozen O’Connor in the JDSUPRA web site at: