In the age of social media, it is common for every person to accumulate abundant personal history in a form of digital data. If the person dies, such data usually disappear due to lack of access.

A Minnesota family recently gained a nationwide media attention as they sought to gain access to digital data of their nineteen-year-old son who died in a tragic accident. After unsuccessful attempts, the Andersons started an online petition to the Minnesota state legislature to allow fiduciary access to a dead person’s digital legacy.

See Video Clip: Family Fights to Access Late Son’s Digital Data, Jim Lamm, Digital Passing.

Posted by Jin Keol Park, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal