When someone dies, it can be really difficult, if not impossible, to get into their electronic accounts: bank accounts, email accounts, social networking accounts, you name it. One of the last things that my father remembered to scribble down on a notepad was the password to the computer he was leaving my kids. I'd remembered to get his social security number, safe deposit box key, life insurance certificates, and bank records....but I hadn't thought of his password!
Here's a few good tips for those of you with precious digital archives, The Wills, Trusts and Estates Prof. Blog:
For more information on organizing your records to make it easier for your family to track down your important accounts and paperwork, see Get It Together, by Melanie Cullen and Shae Irving (Nolo).