Author Archives: Jim Lamm

Financial Value in Trademarks and Domain Names

A December 8, 2010, auction in New York offered 170 business names, product names, and Internet domain names that aren’t being used anymore. Some of these names were recent products and companies, like Infoseek, an Internet search engine company that … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Statute Gives Executor Power Over Decedent’s Online Accounts

Oklahoma Statutes § 58–269, which took effect November 1, 2010, gives the executor of an estate power over a decedent’s online accounts and purports to give new rights to continue a decedent’s online accounts: § 58–269. Executor or administrator—Powers. The executor or … Continue reading

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Cyberstalking, Cyberbullying, and Cyberharassment Resources

A November 29, 2010, article by Ms. Smith in Network World titled Free Speech, Privacy & Cyberstalkers—Help For Those With Personal Cyberstalking Terrorists, describes three types of Internet harassment: cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and cyberharassment. This article provides helpful tips and resources … Continue reading

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92% of Children Under Age Two Have a Digital Presence on the Internet

In a September 2010 study by AVG Technologies and Research Now, they found that, in the United States, 92% of children under age two have a digital presence on the Internet, including digital photos posted online. According to AVG Technologies, … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Web Pages and Blogs

If a person becomes incapacitated or dies, look for any Web pages or blogs that the person operated. As most people know, a blog is a personal or business Web page with posted news items, reviews, or personal comments about … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Online and Electronic Financial Accounts

After obtaining access to a person’s e–mail accounts and U.S Mail deliveries, another important step in dealing with the person’s incapacity or death is to locate information about the person’s financial world. In the digital world, Intuit’s Quicken and Microsoft’s … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Domain Names

Registered domain names are the words, letters, or numbers that we use to refer to an Internet address, such as Google.com or Yahoo.com. An individual or business can register an available name with a domain name registrar for a fixed … Continue reading

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Study Finds Same Passwords Used on Multiple Online Accounts by Most People

While the results aren’t too surprising, BitDefender issued a press release on August 9, 2010, concluding that 75% of users that they studied had the same password for both their e–mail accounts and their social networking accounts (link). Although this … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for Video Games and Virtual Worlds

Family members and fiduciaries may not consider online video game accounts or accounts in virtual worlds to be valuable property, but they can be. With online video games, the time and effort involved in building a powerful character or accumulating … Continue reading

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What to Do With a Decedent’s Twitter Account

Previously, I wrote about the popularity of social networking sites and the importance of planning ahead for a person’s incapacity and death with these accounts (link). Recently (link), Twitter’s Help Center added a new page about how to handle a … Continue reading

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