Have You Thought About Your Digital Afterlife?

Close to 90 percent of American adults are connecting to the internet, and in the process they are accruing a vast number of digital assets. This can include files (e.g., emails, photos, videos and documents) as well as accounts (e.g., financial, business, social media, email, retail shopping and cloud storage). Yet many Internet users have not thought about what will happen to their digital estates when they die or are no longer capable of managing them. Why internet users should …

A Grave Matter: What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

Just when you thought you had all the important documents you need to know your loved one’s wishes – power of attorney, will, health care directive, perhaps Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) – here’s another to consider: a social media will. This digital estate planning document states what you want to have happen to your social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, email account – when you die. Just as you need an executor of your estate, you’d have to appoint a …