Thursday, January 17, 2013
As a result, the Rash family is determined to change the law. Now, Virginia legislators have brought a piece of proposed legislation to the General Assembly's floor. If the law passes, the legislation would ensure that "digital assets" would become probate assets, subject to the control of the executor of the deceased person's estate. This would give access to an deceased owner's Facebook account and similar social media sites.
See Tracy Sears, Family, Lawmakers Push For Facebook Changes Following Son's Suicide, CBS, Jan. 8, 2013.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.