One of the conversations I have with my estate planning clients regards their digital assets. When considering the protection and control of your assets, it can be easy to overlook the importance of digital assets.
Unlike physical assets that can be protected in an estate or trust, many websites (like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, etc) have very different policies about handling your digital information after you pass away. Most do not recognize the authority of a Personal Representative or Executor to access your information in your absence, which makes these sites very difficult to access after your death.
Now as part of the new "My Account" privacy control hub, Google allows you to designate a trustee to receive your account information. I encourage all users of any Google service to explore My Account and to set up this feature. Check your services now to ensure your digital assets will be safe in the future.