HOUSTON, Texas - Thousands of years ago, society began using wills to determine who gets what in the wake of a person's death. But as we increasingly live our lives online, more of what used to be tangible is now digital.
In 2014, the Uniform Law Commission drafted a model law that would let relatives access the social media accounts of their dearly departed. Basically, making a photo album stored online just as accessible as a shoebox full of pictures.
"It doesn't matter if it's in printed form or digital form, it's still your pictures and your executor or power of attorney or your heirs should be able to access those," says William Hayes, a Texas probate attorney.
Opponents of the proposed legislation claim the terms are too broad, and that access to all online media is an invasion of privacy.
"Some of us may have accounts online that we don't necessarily want the spouse or kids to come across after we pass away," Hayes added.
Texas hasn't yet adopted any legislation in regards to digital assets, so as of now, when we die, our online assets are in digital purgatory.
"If the act is adopted here in Texas, and you have a Texas resident accessing his computer in Texas, but Facebook is located in California, who's law governs?"
Very few things move as fast as technology, and until the law books can catch up, the Twitter and Facebook accounts of a deceased loved one may remain as mysterious as a pharaoh's tomb.