Have you made plans for passing on ... your domain wealth?
Not just the wealth, but the control. You go belly up and none of your heirs has the passwords to your accounts, it's probably going to be a nightmare to straighten out.
And for a lot of people, dealing with domain names is probably going to be way down on the priority list after the owner's death. By the time they get around to dealing with them, some may have expired and been snapped up by someone else.
For us- no kids, so no need to worry. :) All our domains are owned by our corp.
You go belly up and none of your heirs has the passwords to your accounts, it's probably going to be a nightmare to straighten out.
Timely reminder. By now everyone knows that the one important document you NEVER put in a bank safe-deposit is your will ... but anything involving passwords is exactly analogous and there's no standard practice yet. Do you have a lawyer? Write down all passwords and leave a copy with him/her.
Food for thought: Do the major password-using organizations have established procedures for what to do when a member dies and their heirs don't know the password? Is the internet littered with Facebook pages that can't be taken down because nobody has access-- and may not even know they exist?
Look up your local laws on intestate succession. Then you can decide whether you enjoy the prospect of your survivors squabbling over your domains. (Depending on your family dynamics, it's possible you like the thought ;))
Write down all passwords and leave a copy with him/her.
If you update passwords on a regular basis, maybe just give the lawyer instructions on where to find your list of current passwords. You probably don't want to be paying them to update the list they have on a regular basis. .
Not just family, I have seen this as a problem several times on community group websites where the webmaster has a heart attack (or in once case went into rehab!) or even just has a row with the committee and walks out.
Typically because these things are set up using payment cards, and community group bank accounts tend to be multi-signature so only have cheque books, things are usually done in the webmaster's own name.