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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

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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

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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

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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

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Accessing a Decedent’s Hotmail Account

If a family member or fiduciary would like to access a deceased person’s Hotmail account (Microsoft’s free Web–based e–mail service, also known as Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail), hopefully, the person planned ahead and left the account username and password. If … Continue reading

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Accessing a Decedent’s Gmail Account

If a family member or fiduciary would like to access a deceased person’s Gmail account (Google’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 access … Continue reading

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Difficulties in Accessing Employer E-mail Accounts

A fiduciary1 or family member may run into difficulties in trying to access the e–mails from an incapacitated or deceased person’s employer. The employer may claim that the employee did not own the e–mails under the company’s electronic resources policy. … Continue reading

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E-Mail Accounts Are the First Step in Finding Digital Property

When family members and fiduciaries1 are looking for a person’s digital property, e–mail accounts are a great place to start. E–mail accounts often hold information about other Internet accounts the person has, and gaining access to a person’s primary e–mail … Continue reading

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What is Digital Property?

For us to discuss estate planning for digital property, we first need to define digital property. Digital property includes data, Internet accounts, and other rights in the digital world, including contractual rights and intellectual property rights. Data are the files … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Digital Passing—a blog covering the intersection between estate planning (planning for a person’s incapacity and death) and the digital world (passwords, online accounts, intellectual property, and other digital property). The purpose of this blog is to introduce family … Continue reading

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