Portland is widely recognized as one of the most innovative cities in the US, and a new law reflects Oregon's tech culture. With the signature of Governor Kate Brown, Oregon has enacted Senate Bill 1554, which grants legal access to digital assets to a person named in an estate plan as a designated fiduciary. This was reported in "Governor signs new law which protects digital assets" from kitv.com.
In order to gain this access, an individual must affirmatively state in his or her estate planning documents that they want a fiduciary to have online access. If not, it defaults to the terms of service agreements, which have been the source of great distress to many individuals and families.
A mother who lost her son 10 years ago after a motorcycle accident wanted to access his Facebook account as a tribute to him.