Managing Your Digital Stuff - Legal

How to request access to a deceased family member's Apple account
  This article explains how to request access to or delete
  someone's Apple ID and the data stored with it after they
  have passed away.

  Every day, people all over the world save important
  documents, memories, and more on their Apple devices and in
  iCloud. At Apple, we consider privacy to be a fundamental
  human right, and our users expect us to help keep their
  information private and secure at all times. In the
  unfortunate event of a customer's death, Apple provides
  options for their loved ones to request access to or delete
  their Apple ID and the data stored with it.

What Happens to Your Digital Assets When You Die?   

  Increasingly, we are spending a lot more time online,
  whether for business, personal, social, and/or entertainment
  reasons-usually it's some combination of all of these.
  Depending on your situation, you may have vast digital
  content, mementos, communications, etc. These are assets
  that would be in tangible form if not for technological
  What happens when we die with these digital assets? Estate
  and inheritance laws still haven't caught up to the growing
  number of digital assets, but there are some things you can
  do to incorporate these items into your estate plan.

Why You Must Put Digital Assets in Your Will or Estate Plan   

  You may not realize it, but you're creating a significant
  digital footprint as you send email, comment on social
  media, post a photo gallery and view your medical records
  electronically - and that's even if you don't have a blog,
  podcast or website.

  But what happens to all these assets after you die? Creating
  a digital estate plan is becoming increasingly important,
  whether it's handled through your will or your estate's
  lawyers, services that specialize in assigning digital
  beneficiaries, or a complete list of your online accounts
  and their passwords given to a trusted family member or

How to set up a Legacy Contact on Mac   

  So much of our lives are lived in digital form these days,
  so it's crucial that surviving family members can access the
  data and information of those no longer around.
  Unfortunately, once someone can no longer input their
  password, their data could be lost.

  Apple aims to solve this problem with its Digital Legacy
  program. It allows users to declare Legacy Contacts that can
  gain access to data stored in their account when they die.

Book Recommendation Even the most disorganized among us can take control of our on- and off-line details so our loved ones won't have to scramble later. The experts at Everplans, a leading company in digital life planning, make it possible in this essential and easy-to-follow book. Breaking the task down into three levels, from the most urgent (like granting access to passwords), to the technical (creating a manual for the systems in your home), to the nostalgic (assembling a living memory), this clear, step-by-step program not only removes the anxiety and stress from getting your life in order, it's actually liberating. And deeply satisfying, knowing that you’re leaving the best parting gift imaginable.

Your digital life after death What about meeting loved ones face to face? The Hereafter Institute offers virtual reality reconstructions, based on photographs and videos, that let family members greet deceased loved ones reconstructed as 3D characters, and hear audio recordings of people recounting memories of them. "I wanted it to be very much an experience of stepping into a memory," says Barcia-Colombo. Once he's created a 3D model of the deceased, he asks their family to offer a memory of that person, from which he creates a virtual scene. "You enter a waiting room and see a door with names of people around it. Staring at a name selects it, and the door opens. Your deceased loved one is on the other side of the doorway, and you end up in a scene with that person for a brief moment," he describes.