Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Google has recently changed the options that estate administrators and others may use to gain access to or protect the account of a deceased user. The updated page now grants the option for someone seeking to access an account to provide the name of the deceased and other information to Google for review. Some options require the uploading of proof such as obituaries or court certified testamentary letters. In addition, Google provides users the ability to determine what will happen to their account in the event of death. As online account access becomes a bigger player in estate administration, Google's preemptive move to make gaining access easier is a welcome step forward and will hopefully spur others to take similar steps.
See David Shulman, Google Updates Page Regarding a Deceased User’s Account, South Florida Estate Planning Blog, July 30, 2015.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.