Manage your online social life post-death with an executor

by | Nov 20, 2015 | Trustees, Executors & Fiduciaries |

Not many New Yorkers think about what will happen to their online social accounts if they should die. Some people do not think it is a big issue, but consider this: all of your personal messages, social account activity and personal photos are lingering on the Internet. Who will take care of these intensely personal items when you are no longer around? It is becoming an increasingly worrisome issue across the nation.

Fortunately, awareness about what happens to these social accounts after death is growing. As a result, many of the most popular social media channels have responded with solutions for those who do not want their accounts lingering in limbo if they should pass away. When combined with a digital estate plan, these solutions take the worry out of leaving personal items posted on the Internet.

One thing to remember is that you always own your data, regardless of death. This is so with popular channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Google. By giving the executor of your digital estate plan the power to change or deactivate your accounts, you can maintain control over your online legacy even in death.

Remember to notify your executor about the role he or she will play upon your death. You should also make detailed lists of your social accounts with passwords and other critical information. Keep this information in a safe and secure location that your executor can access. Your executor may have to prove a relationship exists by providing documentation of your passing and your final wishes.

The Weinstein Randisi family law firm of Rochester is experienced in all forms of estate planning. Our attorneys have the know-how to answer your questions about digital estates with an organized approach to the issue.