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February 21, 2013

What Happens to Your Social Media Presence After Your Death?

On behalf of Thomas Costello of Costello Law Group 

he legal world is struggling to keep pace with the ever changing world of social media. Maryland is one of several states, such as Virginia and North Dakota, which has introduced legislation addressing a decedent’s digital assets such as Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. Senate Bill 29 authorizes a personal representative to take control of, continue, or terminate an account of the decedent on a social networking website, microblogging or short message service website, or electronic mail service website. Under Senate Bill 29, a personal representative’s ability to control or terminate these accounts can be limited by will.

The full text of Senate Bill 29 can be found at:

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0029f.pdf