Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What to do With Your Digital Life Before You Die in Real Life

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-06-12/a6020998-f1b5-4603-9731-e8b55193969a.pngThe digital age has brought a few difficulties to estate planning and causing a traditional will to possibly fall short. Social media sites, email accounts, and photo archives now hold pictures, memories, and messages that are not available in a tangible format. To make sure heirs have access to these online accounts, it is important to consider them in your estate plan.

  • Take stock of your digital accounts.
    • Write out a list of the accounts you want your heirs to have access to, including update usernames and passwords.
  • Add a Facebook legacy account.
    • Facebook has a feature that allows you to designate a person that can write a type of "farewell post" on your wall, but will not be able to access messages and delete past posts.
  • Set up a Google trusted contact.
    • This account will be notified after your account has not been accessed after a certain period of time that you can designate and you may also choose which aspects of your Google account the person may access.

See Amanda Kooser, One Essential Thing You Must do With Your Digital Life Before it's Too Late, Komando, June 8, 2018.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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