Users of Yahoo email and photo services, as part of their terms of service that they agree to, expressly agree that their account won't be transferred without their explicit permission. To ensure their account transfers at death, users need to provide consent and their account information in their estate plans.
Microsoft's Hotmail will not provide families with passwords or control of an account. But with appropriate documentation it will give next of kin the deceased's emails on disc.
How can our readers ensure that their wishes regarding their online legacy/digital assets are respected? By making sure that their wishes are expressly addressed (referencing account name and their consent) in their estate plan. It is also helpful to create a reference guide listing your various accounts, usernames and passwords.
As always, your first call should be to an experienced Michigan estate planning attorney, such as the attorneys at Barsch & Joswick, PLLC, to have to proper estate plan drafted to take into consideration your wishes regarding your online legacy/digital assets. Call today for a free consultation.