Whether you’re young or old, the advice is always to plan for your eventual demise. But while you may have already done the usual things — created advanced medical directives, a will, a trust — there’s one more thing you need to take into account in this interactive cloud-based era: Digital estate planning.
Simply put, it’s a plan to terminate your digital presence — including your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Flickr and Tinder accounts, not to mention that login for FurriesXtreme.org that you forgot about — so that they don’t persist after you’ve gone to your Candy Crush reward.
The issue is real: Weeks after comic legend Joan Rivers died, her Facebook status endorsed the new iPhone 6 in first-person words.
Where do you start? AirTalk speaks with Charley Moore, CEO and Founder of Rocketlawyer.com, on Monday for advice. But KPCC has a few suggestions to get started (thanks toNextAvenue.org and EverPlans.com for the advice).
- 1 1. Take an inventory of all your digital accounts.
- 2 2. Keep your digital asset information in a safe place.
- 3 3. Designate a trusted friend or family member as your digital estate executor.
- 4 4. Decide how you want your assets to be handled.
- 5 5. Keep in mind that estate planning varies from state to state.
1. Take an inventory of all your digital accounts.
These include ALL of your email accounts, blogs, online backup programs, photo and document-sharing sites, financial accounts, iTunes libraries, home utilities managed online, sound, video and photo files. While you may not think you have a lot of physical or financial assets, chances are you do have a bunch of digital ones.
2. Keep your digital asset information in a safe place.
3. Designate a trusted friend or family member as your digital estate executor.
This is the person who has knowledge of where you keep all your digital asset information, with instructions on what to do with it all.
4. Decide how you want your assets to be handled.
Do you want your social accounts to send out one final post, tweet, or photo posthumously? Do you want all your digital accounts closed? Do you want all your audio, photo and/or video files deleted? Leave your executor detailed instructions on a flash drive.