Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As I have previously discussed, the State of Virginia brought legislation to the House floor that would provide the personal representative access to a deceased minor's online accounts following their deaths. More specifically, the law "[p]rovides that the personal representative of a deceased minor has the power to assume the deceased minor's terms of service agreement with an internet service provider, communications service provider, or other online account service provider for the purposes of consenting to and obtaining the disclosure of the minor's digital assets." Recently, the Virginia House of Representatives passed the bill with a vote of 96-0-4.
See HB 1752 Personal Representatives; Internet Provider Shall Provide Access To Deceased Minor's Digital Assets, Virginia's Legislative Information System, Feb. 5, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.