New powers over what happens to digital legacies upon death have been called for by solicitors and legal academics.
Suggesting a need for digital assets to be contained within wills, the debate was brought to the media’s attention after a recent legal decision in Germany. Centring on a young girl who had recently died, the court ruled that her parents did not have the right to access her Facebook account.
Sarah stated, “It is unlikely that a change of law in any one jurisdiction would assist families in their request for access.”
The full article is available online, first published by The Law Society Gazette on the 7 June 2017: Industry call for clarity on digital legacies