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The Digital World Part 1 – Your Will and the Digital World

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ARTICLE BY: Charlotte Bandawe

In the ever-evolving digital world we live in, the majority of us have a social media presence and online accounts. So, what happens to these when we die? Most of us will have never given this a second thought. Even when making a Will, our online accounts would never normally be mentioned.

So now you must think about what you want to happen to your online accounts. Do your family know what you want to happen to them? Will your friends know what to do?

You can leave express instructions to your family and friends detailing how they are to deal with your social media and other online accounts when you have died, OR you can include specific instructions in your Will and appoint what is rapidly becoming known as a “Digital Executor.”

This can be different to the traditional Executors appointed under your Will, as you may not want your family or close friends having access to certain personal information you keep online. You may decide that your Digital Executor is to be a professional who is given the task of closing down all of your social media and online accounts. You may decide that certain digital assets are to be left to specific beneficiaries and this can all be detailed in your Will.

In order for your Digital Executors to effectively comply with your wishes, you will need to prepare a letter of instruction to include:

  • A list of your online social media accounts
  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Any other details required when logging in

This information can be kept with your original Will in a sealed envelope and will only be handed to your Digital Executor(s) upon your death. You may need to review the information on a regular basis if you have closed accounts, opened new accounts or changed your user names and passwords.

Oakwood Solicitors can assist you when preparing your Will to include your instructions with regard to your online and social media accounts.

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