Tag Archives: jim lamm

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

Posted in Social Networking Accounts, Video Games & Virtual Worlds | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning for Video Games and Virtual Worlds

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

Posted in Social Networking Accounts | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What to Do With a Decedent’s Twitter Account

Deceased Author Stieg Larsson Sells 1 Million E-Books

As I’ve mentioned before, when dealing with a person’s incapacity or death, the family members and fiduciaries should consider the value of the person’s digital intellectual property, including digital publishing rights for authors. Last week, Amazon.com reported that deceased author … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Deceased Author Stieg Larsson Sells 1 Million E-Books

Estate Planning for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Other Social Networking Accounts

Social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and similar sites enable individuals to communicate and interact easily. In a recent survey of U.S. adults who use social networking accounts, 28% use social networking site to promote themselves or … Continue reading

Posted in Social Networking Accounts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Other Social Networking Accounts

Estate Planning and Digital Music

When dealing with a person’s incapacity or death, the family members and fiduciaries should consider the value of the person’s digital intellectual property. If the person was a musician, family members and fiduciaries should review music publishing contracts regarding digital … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning and Digital Music

Estate Planning and Digital Publishing Rights for Authors

When dealing with a person’s incapacity or death, the family members and fiduciaries should consider the value of the person’s digital intellectual property. If the person was an author, family members and fiduciaries should review book publishing contracts regarding digital … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning and Digital Publishing Rights for Authors

Estate Planning for Digital Intellectual Property Rights

There can be significant value in the intellectual property rights attached to pictures, music, movies, literary works, Web pages, computer code, and other creative works existing as digital property. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, intellectual property in … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning for Digital Intellectual Property Rights

New IRS Reporting for Certain Online Sellers Starts in 2011

Income tax issues related to a person’s online sales accounts are important to consider, especially for fiduciaries and family members dealing with the person’s incapacity or death. The IRS has had trouble tracking income received from online sales, but new … Continue reading

Posted in Online Sales Accounts | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New IRS Reporting for Certain Online Sellers Starts in 2011

Estate Planning for eBay and Other Online Sales Accounts

Whether a person runs an online sales business or just sells an occasional personal item, online sales may be in process when the person becomes incapacitated or dies. A good place to start is to monitor the person’s e–mail accounts … Continue reading

Posted in Online Sales Accounts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Estate Planning for eBay and Other Online Sales Accounts

Accessing a Decedent’s Yahoo! Mail Account

If a family member or fiduciary would like to access a deceased person’s Yahoo! Mail account (Yahoo!’s free Web–based e–mail service), hopefully, the person planned ahead and left the account username and password. If not, it may be possible to … Continue reading

Posted in E-mail | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Accessing a Decedent’s Yahoo! Mail Account