What do you want done with your emails, blog posts, Facebook account, tweets, and YouTube videos? Should you family have access to all that? And will your estate keep paying the monthly bill to the company providing the platform to keep your blog posts online for others to continue to read?
Those are legal questions states are wrestling with. One - Delaware - has come up with an answer, at least until it might be challenged since it conflicts with a federal law passed in Congress in 1986.
In The Wall Street Journal, Jacob Gershman reports:
"Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed into law a measure giving estate attorneys and other fiduciaries more control of their deceased clients' digital data."
However, as Gershman also points out, the earlier federal law:
" ... forbids consumer electronic-communications companies from disclosing content without its owner's consent or a government lawyer ..."
That means if a battle happens between the state and federal laws, it's smart that you cover yourself by explicitly giving your estate lawyer the authority to give others access to the communications. Here is the WJS coveage (sub. req.)