The US Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts set precedent in the 2018 case of Marianne Ajemianne v Yahoo. The judgment has consequences for any later trust disputes and consequent cases regarding the rights of a personal representative to be given access to email accounts of individuals who have passed away. The right does not require the person to be a PoA or similar anymore.
The Court concluded that the US Stored Communications Act will not ban the disclosure of account holders to will executors.
Additionally, it has been revealed that Yahoos disclosure is not prevented by the email provider’s terms of service agreement either, even though Yahoo rebuffed advances to fulfil the executors’ request.