Bequeathing an iPad may not turn out to be the gift you thought it would be!
A family who inherited an iPad from their mother are still unable to use it because she neglected to provide them with her Apple ID and password. Bought when she had cancer, the BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours reports that Anthea Grant left the iPad to her sons in her estate. Because of Apple’s security rules, however, her sons needed to have her written permission to unlock the device, which they couldn’t get since she had died. A death certificate, will and letter from her attorney weren’t sufficient to overturn Apple’s security measure, which is designed to protect Apple users from unauthorized access.
The Grants’ plight, which is discussed more fully on the BBC’s website http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26448158, is just one of the problems families are experiencing as they make end-of-life decisions in this digital age.
Facebook and LinkedIn pages or other digital identities of deceased individuals cannot be removed without proof of the right to digital access. Lawyers now recommend that a Digital Asset Addendum be added to wills so that access is clearly established. As the Grants can attest, keeping records of your ID and password in a place that is known and readily accessible to trusted advisors or those who inherit your estate is also vitally important so that your digital identity can be updated or removed and your digital assets can be used.
Put Life in Order, Put Worry Away
Our workbook, “Put Life in Order, Put Worry Away” provides a digital assets addendum and a section to list accounts with ID’s and passwords, along with sections to record data for other end-of-life decisions.
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