Online accounts after death: Remember digital property when listing assets

TMCnet - Gerry Beyer, a Texas Tech University law professor who writes about estate-planning issues, said even if a person gives a power of attorney to an agent to access their digital assets, that doesn't mean that the bank, social media site or e-mail service will accept that authority.

As Lake Forest economist Mike Moebs planned for his marriage last year, his lawyer pressed him for a complete list of assets.

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Gerry Beyer, a Texas Tech University law professor who writes about estate-planning issues, said even if a person gives a power of attorney to an agent to access their digital assets, that doesn't mean that the bank, social media site or e-mail service will accept that authority. It might take a court-appointed guardian to get access to the records, he said. One reason: The agent's authority typically ends when the person whose records are being sought dies, he said.

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