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    Estate & Succession Planning: Social Media and Wills

    Apr 9, 2018 11:58:16 AM

    Have you ever considered what will happen to your Facebook, Instagram, and other social media accounts once you pass away? Where will all of your photos go? Who will be able to access your information and cancel your accounts?

    We often don’t think about our social media accounts as digital assets – but what happens to those accounts when you die is important.

    Every social media entity has its own policies and requirements for dealing with an account on the death of the account holder.  For example, Facebook has the option to either memorialise or remove a deceased’s account. All that is required is the full name and web address (URL) of the deceased’s account. Facebook also provides the possibility of appointing a ‘legacy contact’ who can look after your account once it is memorialised.

    Other social media accounts may not be that easy. They may require usernames and passwords in order to have the account removed.

    Including a ‘social media inventory’ in your Will could save your family time and stress when deciding what to do with your social media accounts. By providing them with his information, they can not only remove your accounts, but save pictures and message to remember you by.

    It may seem trivial to think of now, but thinking about what will happen to your social media accounts if you pass away is important.  

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    This article is provided to the reader for general information. It is not legal advice. It was written by Kaitlyn Elvery and edited by Naomi Webb.

    Naomi Webb

    Written by Naomi Webb