Lawyers on Call: Digital Assets

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

What happens to my computer data and passwords when I die?

In this day and age, we all have lots of electronic data. Just keeping track of our passwords and user names is a big task. There is a recent law in New York State that allows you to designate someone to have access to your Digital Assets. “Digital Assets” means any electronic record, including emails, login credentials, passwords, online accounts, social media accounts, etc.

How do I designate someone to have access?

You may already have designated someone, using an online tool. Let’s say I open a new gmail account. When I accept the terms of service, that usually dictates who can have access to my account. But if there is no selection by online tool, or if I want to override the terms of service, I can grant access to my executor in my will. I can also designate my Agent under my Power of Attorney to have access during my lifetime.

This new law is designed to balance our privacy concerns with the practical reality of giving access to someone we trust, such as our executor (after we die) and our Agent under a Power of Attorney (during our lifetime). So if you are updating your estate plan, or working on a new estate plan, ask your lawyer about the Digital Assets law.


Your Weather Authority

High pressure visits for a few days

High pressure visits for a few days

  Tonight: Clear and cold. Wide range in temperatures possible. Coldest where snow-cover exists. Wind: N 3-8 Low: 9-21 Tuesday:

Connect With WBNG
Top Stories

Police identify young girl who drowned in hotel pool

Police in upstate New York have identified the 8-year-old girl who drowned in a hotel pool over the weekend.

Apalachin fire sends two to hospital for smoke inhalation

Investigators say electrical wiring in the kitchen is to blame for a fire that destroyed a home in Apalachin Sunday

Funeral, procession for Matt Howe: ‘It certainly was a sad day here in Tioga County’

The community came together in Tioga County to honor New York State Department of Transportation employee Matt Howe who passed

‘Tiger Closet’ launched by U-E parent exploding with free clothes

Charles F. Johnson Elementary in Endicott has a free clothing closet for children in need.

Michael Avenatti charged with extortion and wire, bank fraud

The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti.

Scroll to top
Skip to content