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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Death and PCs

A Pogue's Posts reader wants to know what happens to your PC when you die:

When people die, a family member or executor goes through one's papers. I am wondering who goes through one's email, especially if the person is an independent worker. Many of the emails reflect the deals I'm working on. (What Happens to Your PC When You Die?)

I'll take this one. Just like bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, stocks, bonds, real estate, and such, if your PC contains information essential to your estate, it is imperative that whoever will administer your estate knows how to access such material. If passwords are involved, make sure the administrator knows how to get the passwords. The future decedent may even want to mention in his will that his computer hardware is to be treated differently than the material thereon.

EDIT (21 Mar 2005): Nothing herein should be construed to be legal advice. I am not a lawyer. When seeking legal advice, deal only with a licensed attorney.

Posted by Marie at March 20, 2005 1:40 AM