ARTICLE: Social Media and Estate Planning

Social Media and Estate Planning

In today’s world, where we live a big part of our lives online, estate planning isn’t just about physical things – it’s also about our digital life, especially our social media. Your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram hold memories and connections, and planning for what happens to them after you’re gone is just as important as planning for your stuff. Let’s explore some simple steps to make sure your online legacy is taken care of, giving your loved ones a clear path through the digital world when the time comes.

Digital Footprint Assessment

Start by taking stock of your digital presence across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Identify the accounts that hold personal memories, interactions, and sentiments.

Guidelines for Account Management

Establish clear guidelines for the management or closure of your social media accounts in the event of incapacity or passing. Many platforms offer options for users to appoint a digital executor or specify the desired outcome for their profiles.

Digital Executors

Explore the option of appointing a digital executor, someone entrusted to carry out your wishes regarding your online presence. This person can play a vital role in managing or closing your social media accounts according to your outlined instructions.

Platform-Specific Policies

Familiarize yourself with the policies and tools provided by each social media platform for posthumous account management. Many platforms have specific features or settings designed to facilitate the handling of accounts after a user’s passing.

Communication with Loved Ones

Include your digital estate planning decisions in conversations with your loved ones. Provide them with clear instructions, ensuring that they are aware of your wishes regarding the management or closure of your social media accounts.

Integration with Overall Estate Plan

Consider digital estate planning as an integral part of your overall estate plan. By addressing the digital realm, you are proactively securing your comprehensive legacy, reflecting adaptability and foresight in the increasingly interconnected world.

Consult with an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

If you’re unsure how to navigate the digital side of estate planning, reach out to us. We can provide guidance and ensure your wishes are seamlessly integrated into your overall plan. Call Roth Elder Law PLLC at 607-962-6162 or complete this intake form and we will be in touch to schedule a meeting.

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