Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, November 30, 2007

Post-Mortem Information Transmission Now Available


There are many things that people may want to be handled a certain way after their death. Deathswitch.com, offers its clients an opportunity to do so.

Here is how it works:

Deathswitch is an automated system that regularly prompts its users for a password to make sure that they are still alive. If the user fails to respond for some time, the system assumes that he or she is dead or critically disabled and e-mails pre-scripted messages to the people the user selected. Customer can select the frequency of the prompts and also the length of time after non-response triggering transmission. These time-frames can range from one day to one year.

Some of the ways in which Deathswitch can be used include:

    • Sending computer passwords to co-workers and family
    • Providing loved ones with bank account and other financial information
    • Making known one’s final wishes
    • Sharing unspeakable secrets
    • Leaving love notes
    • Having the last word in an argument
    • Providing the loved ones with funeral instructions

Neil Hendershot also discusses this service on his blog where he ponders the ramifications of a premature discharge of an intended postmortem email message.


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