Our digital lives are often more alive than we are, with the majority of the world having a Facebook or Twitter account, it is perhaps relevant to learn what will become of your digital life once your gone. Some social media sites are particularly difficult to close for a person who has passed away which can be troublesome because their families and friends may not want their deceased loved one’s accounts to be still live on the web.
There are a few potential issues that can surface if someone were to perish without a carefully planned digital legacy. Your family may want to remove your online accounts from sites such as Twitter, Facebook, EBay or Amazon. However this may be made harder for them to complete if access is denied to them. Unlike accessing bank accounts, which is covered by probate, online affairs do not yet have a similar provision. Despite your passing, your online shadow-self will still be on the web, promoting your photos and posts for generations to come. According to The Guardian, Bruce Willis planned to join a legal action against Apple in order that he could leave his iTunes music library to his children. This goes to show that no matter if you’re famous or not, it is important to deal with your online legacy appropriately.
According to Saga.co.uk, it may be a good idea to make a directory of all the online services you use so that it will be easier to keep track of them. Then store this Online Directory with your Will so that your family will be able to carry out your desired wishes after you pass away. Saga Legal also advises that this Online Directory should be used to specify what you wish to happen to each of your accounts such as online bank accounts, social media sites and any other relevant accounts. It may also be a good idea to keep your passwords somewhere that loved ones can find. This can be included in the Will, however keep in mind that your password may change during the course of time and therefore you will need to update the log-in details included in your Will often. By doing these things, you ensure that your online legacy is dealt with exactly how you want it to, whether you want it to live on or you would prefer it to be removed.