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Digital Executor Definition:

An executor tasked by the will-maker to deal with and wrap-up digital accounts of the deceased such as Facebook and the like.

Related Terms: Executor

In their 2011 article published in the law journal Trusts and Estates, Korzec and McKittrick wrote:

"The role of digital executor typically comes with important responsibilities: closing email accounts, social networking accounts such as Facebook and Twitter and photo storage accounts such as Flickr. A digital executor should also shut down shopping accounts like Amazon, as they probably have credit card data on file."

References:

  • Gunnarsson, Helen, Plan for Administering Your Digital Estate, 99 ILL. B.J. 71 (2011)
  • Korzec, Colin and McKittrick, Ethan, Estate Administration in Cyberspace, 150 Tr. & Est. 61, 64 (2011)
  • Roy Michael, Beyond the Digital Asset Dilemma: Will Online Services Revolutionize Estate Planning?, 24 QUINN. PROB. L. J. 376 (2011)
  • Wilkens, Molly, Privacy and Security During Life, Access After Death: Are They Mutually Exclusive?, 62 Hastings L.J. 1037 (2011)

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