Who Will Manage My Online World after I Die?

It’s very important to assign a Digital Executor to manage your online accounts. This is one area that seems to be overlooked with Wills & Estate Planning. In addition to someone managing online financial accounts, there are social media accounts that need to be deleted or memorialized. Do NOT include password information in your Will as it becomes a public record if admitted to probate. I am not an attorney nor am I providing legal advice. I’ve seen what happens when social media accounts get hacked after someone dies such as identity theft and fraud. This blog post is to prevent that from happening to you or a loved one. It’s a good idea to speak with a local estate attorney about the laws where you reside. You may need to order additional Death Certificates depending on how many online accounts you have.

What is a Digital Executor?

This is someone who is tech savvy and will take care of managing your personal online accounts and social media. You may wish to have a 2nd person handle your online bank accounts, stocks, etc. or you may prefer the same trustworthy person for both. Here are two excellent articles worth reading on How to Choose a Digital Executor and How to Create a Digital Estate Plan.

Password Managers

Storing secure passwords online is a smart idea. Here is one article with a few reviews of the Best Password Managers of 2017. I like the ones that include a Digital Legacy. Have you ever been frustrated and wasted time trying to remember your passwords?  I sure have, AND how secure are your passwords? Try a password manager and see how it simplifies your online world.

Everything in One Place Online

An Everplan is a secure, digital archive of everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you. Under Resources you will find Planning Categories, State-by-State Guides, Checklists, Worksheets and more! There is an annual fee associated with EverPlans.

Memorializing a Facebook Account

After someone has passed away, FB will memorialize their account if a family member or friend submits a request. Keep in mind that memorialization is a big decision. If you are not a family member or close friend of the person who passed away, FB recommends reaching out to the person’s family before requesting memorialization.

Memorializing an account will do things like keep the account secure by preventing anyone from logging into it. The only person who can manage a memorialized account is a legacy contact who must be selected by the account holder. A legacy contact can do things like:

  • Pin a post on the person’s profile
  • Respond to new friend requests
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized.

If the account holder hasn’t selected a legacy contact, the account won’t be actively cared for by anyone after memorialization has been requested.

For other Social Media accounts – Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram – click on their Help or FAQ sections for up-to-date instructions on how to manage an account for someone who is deceased.

Anita Larson is a Ceremony Leader and Officiant who blogs about her experiences with Celebrations of Life. Providing uncommon ideas and encouraging her readers to “Think Outside the Coffin®” when planning a Fabulous Farewell.

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