|By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution|
You decide if your contact can also download an archive of photos and posts, but that person will not be able to log in as you or see any private messages. You could also just tell the company to delete your account when you die. Previously, Facebook offered memorial accounts which were viewable but could not be accessed.
The new policy highlights the question of how we handle our digital assets when we die and it is something more attorneys are guiding their clients through as they create estate plans.
For individuals who make a living in the digital realm, this can be managed as an actual financial asset assigned to a trust with someone appointed to manage those things after your passing. For everyone else, it can get a bit confusing.
Companies are still working out their policies and state laws are only just being established. Last year,
Bank accounts are more complicated, but if you have set automatic payments, giving someone your password and information on how things should be paid in the event of your death would go a long way in avoiding the courts, Smyser says.
Smyser recommends that her clients keep an ongoing list of account and equipment passwords and create a directive on how they want each of the assets to be handled.
It is important to consider creating these plans for anyone 18 or older, particularly since young adults are likely to have quite a few digital assets. And as always, you must appoint someone you trust to these important tasks, Smyser said.
"You can trivialize it," she says, "What do I care? It's my Facebook account. But part of what you are doing is making life easier for your loved ones."
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