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April 29, 2013
Why You Need a Social Media Will


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

Transcript

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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