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All she wanted was to use her late husband's iPad. Apple told her to get a court order

All she wanted was to use her late husband's iPad. Apple told her to get a court order
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If you own any property, you want to ensure that it goes to your children and grandkids when you pass away. So, you have a last will and testament to make certain that they get it, and the government doesn't.

For centuries, the things you put in a will were pretty straightforward. Your family gets your money, cars, homes, jewelry and every other valuable object you leave behind.

These days, there's another important thing you must address in your will: your digital property rights. Increasingly, lawyers and companies such as LegalZoom ask that you designate who can access your computers, including passwords, after you die.

That's important because you have logins and passwords protecting your digital assets, including bank accounts. You may not be thinking who will need those passwords when you die, but you need to.

A Canadian woman, who simply wanted play videogames on her deceased husband's Apple iPad, found this out the hard way. Apple would not give her the password of her late husband.

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