Any free Yahoo account will automatically be cancelled after it has been inactive for 90 days. Premium services, however, will continue to be charged until Yahoo has been officially notified of the death of the account holder.
Only a person who has the authority to settle the deceased’s estate, i.e. an executor, can notify them about the death. To do that, the following information must be sent to Yahoo at Custodian of Record, Yahoo Inc., 701 First Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1019:
1) The executor’s identification.
2) Notification of their appointment as executor.
3) A Copy of the death certificate.
What if the executor or family member just wants the deceased’s password or access to their Yahoo account? No password will be issued by Yahoo to the executor or anyone else.
No it doesn’t. If no action is taken, once 120 days with no sign in have passed, all messages in the account will be deleted and inbound mail refused. If a customer doesn’t sign into any part of the Windows Live network during this period, the ID as well as any Messenger contact lists will also be deleted.
The deceased’s next of kin has the right to notify Hotmail about the death. He or she will need to supply several things in order to shut down the account immediately or to gain access to the content of the account:
a photocopy of the death certificate
paperwork stating that the next of kin is a benefactor to the deceased’s estate
a photocopy of the next of kin’s driver license
a document with the account name
the first and last name on the account
date of birth of the account holder
city, state, zip code of account holder
approximate date of account creation
approximate last date of sign in by the deceased
All of this information should be sent via fax to Microsoft at 650-693-7061. Although Microsoft will not provide the password to the next of kin, their policy allows the next of kin to gain access to the content of the account (burned onto media such as a CD) upon proving their relationship.