It seems to me there has recently been a lot of news coverage about Facebook and specifically what happens to your page when you die…
- Your Facebook page after your death: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dori-hartley/death-on-facebook_b_1459107.html
- A new service to let you “social media” from beyond (kinda): http://thestir.cafemom.com/technology/137070/the_eerie_new_site_that
- Even purposed Nebraska legislature to make social media part of your estate: https://www.webpronews.com/nebraska-facebook-accounts-deceased/
I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with Facebook—as I often say to my friends, it is the Global answer to a small town newspaper. Make sure you don’t wear your slippers to the grocery store or everyone will know! (Those of you who grew up in a small town know what I am talking about.)
On the flipside it is a great way to keep in touch with loved ones at a distance, get updates from your favorite businesses (https://www.facebook.com/falkandcornell) and spread the word to many people at once about an important life event.
Our attorney, Kim Barrot, wrote a great blog about digital assets https://falkandcornell.com/blog/category/digital-assets/ and why it’s important to keep track of them and provide passwords to your successor trustee(s) and/or spouse. One of the categories was social media. So, with all the facebook news coverage I thought I would take this opportunity to let everyone know what can/does happen to your social media accounts and remind everyone to complete your digital assets worksheet on our website https://falkandcornell.com/estate-planning/forms.htm, keep it updated for your spouse/partner and/or successor trustee(s) and don’t forget about your social media accounts.