If you are planning a will, you might want to think about what will happen to your electronic accounts once you pass away. Even though you might think this is not a pressing concern, it actually is of big importance. Let me explain why.
In case you can no longer access your account, nobody else will be able to do that as well. Tech companies will not give access to anyone else than you, so even your spouse and your children won’t be able to log in to your online accounts. Tech companies refuse to grant access to email, online storage and social media accounts because they don’t want to violate privacy laws. They will only grant access once they are provided with the court order.
The thing is, it is very difficult to get a court order – you will need months or even years. Since I’m sure you don’t want your family to lose time and money to get access to valuable photos, financial information or any other assets you have, you need to properly plan your will. If you take time to read some of the articles on Probates in the Digital Age, you will find that there’s a lot more to this issue than just granting access to your loved ones.
You might not want others to have access to your email or other accounts due to privacy reasons. There might be some information you don’t want to share with anyone else, which is exactly why it is important to create a will with precise instructions and information. Your executors and family members should be properly informed of everything you have to leave to them, whether that’s property, financial information or some other data.
An easy and simple way to keep things in order is to create a legal journal for your family members and confidants. There’s a service online that will help you create a digital archive of all your possessions, whether these are assets or memories and photographs. You can use this service to account for everything you have, to make sure the valuables are given to those you loved the most and that private information are kept private forever. Once you create a Lexikin account, you will see how easy it is to keep track of all things that matter to you, to create a journal for your family members and friends and notify the right persons once you pass away.
We live in a digital age and our valuables are often stored on hard drives that are not in our home. Various online accounts keep our secrets, our assets and your dreams, so it’s best to keep track of them all and make sure they will end up on the right place once we can no longer access them.