N.Y. Estates, Powers & Trusts Law Section 13-A-1

§ 13-A-1 Definitions In this article the following terms shall have the following meanings:


“Account” means an arrangement under a terms-of-service agreement in which a custodian carries, maintains, processes, receives, or stores a digital asset of the user or provides goods or services to the user.


“Agent” means a person granted authority to act as attorney-in-fact for the principal under a power of attorney and includes the original agent or any co-agent or successor agent.


“Carries” means engages in the transmission of an electronic communication.


“Catalogue of electronic communications” means information that identifies each person with which a user has had an electronic communication, the time and date of the communication, and the electronic address of the person.


“Content of an electronic communication” means information concerning the substance or meaning of the communication which:


has been sent or received by a user;


is in electronic storage by a custodian providing an electronic-communication service to the public or is carried or maintained by a custodian providing a remote-computing service to the public; and


is not readily accessible to the public.


“Court” means the court in this state having jurisdiction in matters relating to the content of this article.


“Custodian” means a person that carries, maintains, processes, receives, or stores a digital asset of a user.


“Designated recipient” means a person chosen by a user using an online tool to administer digital assets of the user.


“Digital asset” means an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest. The term does not include an underlying asset or liability unless the asset or liability is itself an electronic record.


“Electronic” means relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.


“Electronic communication” has the meaning set forth in 18 U.S.C. section 2510(12), as amended.


“Electronic-communication service” means a custodian that provides to a user the ability to send or receive an electronic communication.


“Fiduciary” includes an executor, preliminary executor, administrator, temporary administrator, voluntary administrator, personal representative, guardian, agent, or trustee. This term includes the successor to any fiduciary.


“Guardian” means a person who has been appointed as a guardian by a court of this state pursuant to the surrogate’s court procedure act or the mental hygiene law.


“Information” means data, metadata, Internet protocol address, user login information, text, images, videos, sounds, codes, computer programs, software, databases, or similar intelligence of any nature.


“Online tool” means an electronic service provided by a custodian that allows the user, in an agreement distinct from the terms-of-service agreement between the custodian and user, to provide directions for disclosure or nondisclosure of digital assets to a third person.


“Person” means a natural person, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, business or nonprofit entity, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or other legal or commercial entity, board and the state.


“Power of attorney” means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal.


“Principal” means an individual who grants authority to an agent in a power of attorney.


“Protective order” means an order appointing a guardian or another order related to management of a ward’s property.


“Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.


“Remote-computing service” means a custodian that provides to a user computer-processing services or the storage of digital assets by means of an electronic communications system, as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 2510(14), as amended.


“Terms-of-service agreement” means an agreement that controls the relationship between a user and a custodian.


“Trustee” includes an original additional. and successor trustee, and a co-trustee.


“User” means a person that has an account with a custodian.


“Ward” means an individual for whom a guardian has been appointed by a court of this state pursuant to the surrogate’s court procedure act or the mental hygiene law. The term includes an individual for whom an application of guardianship is pending.

Source: Section 13-A-1 — Definitions, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EPT/13-A-1 (updated Oct. 7, 2016; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Oct. 7, 2016

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