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Practical Money Matters Radio Series

April 29, 2013
Why You Need a Social Media Will

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These tips outline important ways to ensure your social media accounts are handled well in the event of your death.


More than half of Americans haven't written a will stating how their affairs should be settled after their death. Fewer still have considered how they want their online identities handled.

Experts recommend appointing a trusted relative or friend to be your "online executor" – someone to take responsibility for closing email accounts, social media profiles and blogs after you die. This could easily be an addendum to your will.

Give your social media executor a list of all websites where you have a profile, along with usernames and passwords. And stipulate in your will that he or she should be given a copy of your death certificate. Websites may require this before carrying out your wishes.

Bottom line: Don't leave your online legacy to chance – make a social media will.

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