How to recover data from a Mac with T2 or FileVault encryption and without a password

It’s hard thing to discover that a loved one is incapacitated or passed away, and the Mac or Macs they left behind can’t be unlocked to retrieve photos, important financial or legal information, or any of their digital traces. If the main account or any administrative user password is unavailable, a newer Mac may be completely unrecoverable.

Many times, a person who experiences dementia may have already appointed or had appointed someone with the legal right to access their devices; someone who may know they were facing death or who had planned ahead with a will may have left their gear explicitly to someone, or appointed an executor who has rights. (This is not legal advice, by the way; consult an attorney with any questions about the legality of accessing such hardware.)

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