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What Happens to Your Digital Life After Your Demise?

What Happens to Your Digital Life After Your Demise?

Death comes to everyone at some time. By preparing in advance, you can ensure your legal affairs and management of your digital accounts are taken care of after your demise. Your digital footprint doesn’t automatically terminate once you pass on from this life. With advanced planning, you can ensure your digital accounts are managed according to your wishes when you are gone.  

If you’re like most people, you probably have an extensive online presence ranging from online banking, cell phone contracts, email, online shopping and social media accounts. The financial and personal information on these accounts will undoubtedly be valuable to surviving family and friends. For this reason, you should take steps now to preserve and protect this information after you’re gone.  

Digital Will

By creating a digital will, you can decide how your digital accounts are handled upon your demise to protect your interests once you pass on. The following steps outline how to create a digital will to manage your online accounts after you’re gone:

1. Choose a digital executor. This person should be someone you trust and someone who’s capable of carrying out your wishes concerning your digital accounts.

2. Create a formal document outlining what you want to be done with your accounts. You may decide to delete some accounts such as email and cell phone contracts while keeping others, such as social media accounts to use as a memorial.

3. Be sure to provide your executor with all passwords to your accounts along with usernames and any other pertinent information he or she needs to comply with your wishes.

4. Make sure your digital executor can obtain a copy of your death certificate to substantiate your demise, giving him or her permission to gain access to your accounts.

In creating a digital will and choosing a digital executor, you legally authorize someone to handle the affairs of your digital life once you pass on.

Choose a digital executor. This person should be someone you trust and someone who’s capable of carrying out your wishes concerning your digital accounts.

Digital Services Websites 

If your digital executor needs assistance in carrying out his or her job, numerous digital service websites offer professional help in managing digital accounts. With the help of such websites as Entrustet, Legacy Locker, My Webwill, Deathswitch and AssetLock, you can have information deleted, transferred, posted or updated on your digital accounts, in compliance with your wishes, after you’re gone.

By researching the services and fees offered by these sites in advance, you can select the company best suited to your needs. Signing on with a professional digital services website will give you greater confidence that your digital information will be well taken care of after your demise.

At Pearson Funeral Home, we share your interests in preserving the integrity of your digital accounts and the legacy your digital life leaves to family and friends once you’ve passed on. If we can be of any service, please give us a call at 502-896-0349.