Digital Assets

What Happens to My E-mail and Other Digital Assets When I Die?

August 25, 2014

On August 12, 2014, Delaware became the first state to pass a law which gives a person’s estate access to all of that person’s digital assets after his or her death. Although some states have passed laws giving heirs access to some digital assets, Delaware is the first state to enact legislation this broad. Currently, Wisconsin has no law addressing digital assets. Therefore, Wisconsin residents are bound by the policies of each company, many of which do not allow access without the owner’s direct authorization or a court order. It is essential that digital assets are specifically addressed in your estate plan.