So much of our life is spent online. We have our pictures, social media posts, blogs, email, and bank accounts. Ever wonder what happens to them after you die? If you don’t have a plan of action, they could be lost forever. This is where a digital legacy plan comes in. Let’s walk through five easy steps to make your digital legacy plan so you can safeguard and preserve your digital assets.
Just What is Digital Legacy?
Digital legacy is all your online information that can be made available to someone after you pass away. This means allowing a person you trust to have access to your computers and digital devices, so your online accounts and digital assets won’t be locked out forever.
Did you know that your estate plan does not cover most of your digital assets? For example, you can’t leave your Facebook account to a family member in your Will. This is true for all social media accounts and some online content, since you technically don’t own it. But you can authorize your Personal Representative/Executor to manage these digital accounts and Gentreo’s Will includes this authority.
What Happens to My Digital Accounts After I Die?
All your online accounts and content live on after you die if the providers aren’t notified of your death. However, after a period of inactivity, some accounts may be deleted. That’s why a digital legacy plan is crucial to protect your important information. It should be part of your estate planning process.
Your Digital Legacy Plan
You need to ensure your digital assets – from your sentimental pictures in a cloud account to files stored on your computer – are safely handled after you pass. Don’t risk losing what could be precious memories that your loved ones can share and enjoy, or your family being unable to access funds in online bank accounts. A digital legacy plan spells out all your assets and how to access them.
Here are five easy steps to set up your digital legacy plan: