New Law Reminds You To Include Virtual Property In Your Will

A law passed in Oklahoma provides for executors to access social media accounts and, presumably, distribute their holdings. So if you don't write out that will with LegalZoom, a judge will decide who gets your Second Life counterfeit fuck coffin.

The law took effect Nov. 1. According to its author, its meant to remind people that online possessions - images, account information and what have you - are also possessions and their ownership or control should be specified in a will. Though it's not said specifically, and the legislator acknowledges the law could conflict with service agreements, the language would seem to cover items associated with online gaming accounts. Although they generally are not transferrable, they still have value.

"When a person dies, someone needs to have legal access to their accounts to wrap up any unfinished business, close out the account if necessary or carry out specific instructions the deceased left in their will," said outgoing Oklahoma state Rep. Ryan Keisel. "Digital photo albums and e-mails are increasingly replacing their physical counterparts, and I encourage Oklahomans to think carefully about what they want to happen to these items when they pass away."

Grandparents who want to know how much their grandkids love them are advised to start carrying a Microsoft Points balance.

OK Law Addresses Virtual Estates [Game Politics]