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Illinois law would give executors easier access to Facebook, digital accounts
When someone passes away, it can be challenging for family members to access the deceased’s digital accounts. A proposed law in Illinois hopes to alleviate that process. The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which is currently before the General Assembly, would “grant only fiduciaries access to a decedent’s digital assets, and only if permitted under federal law.”
Before adjourning the 2015 legislative session, Texas became the first state in the country to name a “Tweeter Laureate.” Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) humors his audience at least 10 times per day on Twitter about Texas pride, life with his children – aka the “wee Willets” – and an occasional law lesson. Currently, Willett has nearly 19,000 followers. Willett’s new title is unusual because justices are often advised to steer clear of social media, but Willett is careful to avoid topics before the court. He is also clever in his opinions, often including references in pop culture. In December 2014, Willett used Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to explain why the court should hear a case to answer the question, “Who qualifies as a member of the ‘electronic media’ under Texas law?”
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