Article: Taking Passwords to the Grave
CNET News has a very thought-provoking article on the challenges of accessing online accounts of deceased family members.
"As more and more people move their lives, address books, calendars, financial information, online, they are taking a risk that some information formerly filed away in folders and desks might never be recovered. That is, unless they share their passwords, which poses security threats."
It appears that e-mail providers won't typically offer access to accounts of deceased unless without relevant documentation. One attorney recommends that his clients include their passwords to e-mail, photo, music and other online accounts in an estate planning document.
Thanks to Mary Koshollek for the link.