Ever wondered what happens to your Facebook page when you die? What about your Twitter account, or Google profile or Gmail account? Since social media is so pervasive in our everyday lives, this has become a hot new topic in estate planning. Even the government is giving advice on how to deal with your social media persona. So, what are your options?
A social media will can assist your loved ones in making tough decisions when you’re gone. Let them know before it’s too late what you want to be done with your online identity. Appoint an online executor. This person does not have to be the same as the executor for your physical estate. Your online executor will close your email accounts, social media profiles and any blogs you created during your lifetime.
Facebook allows close family to memorialize an account. Verified immediate family members may also request that the page be removed. Other sites, such as Twitter and Google require some information to close an account, such as a death certificate and the person requesting the closure/review of content’s personal information.
These online/social media wills are another example as to why estate planning is not just for the rich and famous. Most Americans, particularly young Americans, have an online presence. It is important to think of that presence as part of your legacy and your estate. Contact a qualified estate planner for all your estate planning needs.