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§ 3915. Fiduciary duty and authority

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and FiduciariesEffective: January 19, 2021

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 39. Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 19, 2021
20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3915
§ 3915. Fiduciary duty and authority
(a) Duties.--The legal duties imposed on a fiduciary charged with managing tangible property apply to the management of digital assets, including:
(1) the duty of care;
(2) the duty of loyalty; and
(3) the duty of confidentiality.
(b) Authority.--A fiduciary's authority with respect to a digital asset of a user:
(1) except as otherwise provided in section 3904 (relating to user direction for disclosure of digital assets), is subject to the applicable terms of service;
(2) is subject to other applicable law, including copyright law;
(3) is limited by the scope of the fiduciary's duties; and
(4) may not be used to impersonate the user.
(c) Access.--A fiduciary with authority over the property of a decedent, protected person, principal or settlor has the right to access any digital asset:
(1) in which the decedent, protected person, principal or settlor had a right or interest; and
(2) which is not held by a custodian or subject to a terms-of-service agreement.
(d) Authorized user.--A fiduciary acting within the scope of the fiduciary's duties is an authorized user of the property of the decedent, protected person, principal or settlor for the purpose of applicable computer fraud and unauthorized computer access laws, including 18 Pa.C.S. Ch. 76 (relating to computer offenses).
(e) Tangible personal property.--A fiduciary with authority over the tangible personal property of a decedent, protected person, principal or settlor:
(1) has the right to access the property and any digital asset stored in the property; and
(2) is an authorized user for the purpose of computer fraud and unauthorized computer access laws, including 18 Pa.C.S. Ch. 76.
(f) Disclosure by custodian.--A custodian may disclose information in an account to a fiduciary of the user when the information is required to terminate an account used to access digital assets licensed to the user.
(g) Termination of account.--A fiduciary of a user may request a custodian to terminate the user's account. A request for termination must be in writing, in either physical or electronic form, and be accompanied by:
(1) if the user is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate of the user;
(2) a certified copy of the letters, court order, power of attorney or trust giving the fiduciary authority over the account; and
(3) if requested by the custodian:
(i) any number, username, address or other unique subscriber or account identifier assigned by the custodian to identify the user's account;
(ii) evidence linking the account to the user; or
(iii) a finding by the court that the user had a specific account with the custodian identifiable by the information specified in subparagraph (i).

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2020, July 23, P.L. 684, No. 72, § 2, effective in 180 days [Jan. 19, 2021].
20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3915, PA ST 20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3915
Current through Act 4 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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