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Monday, October 14, 2013
When our son passed away recently, we were devastated. All we wanted were answers but, instead, all we got were more questions. You see, the law precluded us from getting access to our son’s social media accounts. Not being willing to take no for an answer, we set out to change the law so no other family would have to endure what we went through.
Along with our state senator and delegate, we became advocates for cutting-edge language based on our idea than anyone should be able to access an individual’s electronic estate once named the court-appointed fiduciary. Prior to July 1, there was nothing specifically in Virginia code allowing electronic access.
Social media companies were able to produce terms of service or user agreements as guiding templates mostly disallowing access to any estate.
Our bills, HB 1752 and SB 913, were heard in the House civil courts subcommittee. Del. Greg Habeeb took a keen interest in our bill and worked with us to craft effective language that could survive a court challenge and bring all the stakeholders onboard. Through the hard work of Habeeb and others, we worked toward a compromise that will now allow parents of children to access their minor child’s electronic accounts upon their death unencumbered by company user agreements. All told, I was able to attend and speak at eight different committee meetings.
Thanks in no small part to Habeeb, the legislative process worked to everyone’s advantage.
In the end, the law was strengthened by the efforts of Habeeb. Parents of the 8th district have a strong ally working hard for them to improve the law, not just pass token legislation for political purposes.
Having the ability to get to the heart of the issue and working toward the best language is the sign of a great legislator. We believe Habeeb used his legal expertise and strong family values to assist in crafting legislation. While we don’t live in the Roanoke Valley and are not his constituents, we strongly encourage the voters of the 8th District to return Habeeb to Richmond so he can continue his good work helping all Virginia families.
We are indebted to him for his efforts.
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