Rick Scott signs digital assets bill into law

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There’s now a law on the books to protect your digital assets after you die.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the digital asset legislation (SB 494) into law, one of more than two dozen proposals the Naples Republican signed off on Thursday.

The new law means a person can designate someone to have access and control of their financial accounts, social media and most everything else someone has online after their death. That could include emails, text messages, photographs and documents stored in the cloud.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dorothy Hukill. Last month, the Port Orange Republican said, “Digital assets will now be handled as part of our estate-planning process in a similar way to other valuable assets and property.”

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster


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