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Governor signs new law which protects digital assets

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Governor Kate Brown recently signed SB 1554 into law which allows legal access to digital assets.

Oregon Attorney, Victoria Blachly said it’s a tool which allows users to let people know what they want to do with their social media account after they pass away.

“You must affirmatively state in your estate planning documents that you want your fiduciaries to have online access otherwise it defaults to the terms of service agreements,” Blachly said.

A Beaverton mother lost her son a decade ago after a motorcycle accident and tried to access his Facebook account.

“I wanted to keep it up and running for at least a year,” Karen Williams said. “So [friends and family] can come back to it and it could be there for the first year anniversary.”

Williams said Facebook didn’t allow her to keep her son’s page and deleted it.

“The problem was there was no one to oversee it,” Williams said.

At the time William said there were no options to allow someone to access your account or delete it.

Blachly said this is a good step in the right direction and Oregon is the first state to adopt the law.

“You have to be proactive and decide if your online accounts are important you have to do something about it, to put it in your power attorney agreement or estate planning documents."

SB 1554 goes into effect January 1, 2017.

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