The Law Society is urging people to leave clear instructions about what should happen to their social media, computer games and other online accounts after their death.
Having a list of all your online accounts, such as email, banking, investments and social networking sites will make it easier for family members to piece together your digital legacy, adhere to your wishes and could save time and money, the Law Society said.
However, not making your digital legacy clear could mean important or sentimental material – such as photographs on social networks – is never recovered. Digital assets can also include music, films, email accounts and computer game characters.
“If you have a Twitter account, your family may want it deactivated and – if you have left clear instructions – it will be easier for your executors to have it closed. If you have an online bank account, your executors will be able to close it down and claim the money on behalf of your estate," said Gary Rycroft, a member of the Law Society Wills and Equity Committee.
“This is preferable to leaving a list of passwords or PIN numbers as an executor accessing your account with these details could be committing a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. It is enough to leave a list of online accounts and ensure this is kept current.”
Digital legacies are now recognised in The Law Society Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) protocol, which recommends completion and maintenance of a Personal Assets Log, and consideration of how those dealing with the estate will be able to access those assets.
The Law Society has accredited the first group of law firms to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
“As technology has evolved, so has the way we store information. Simple things such as photographs, which in the past we could have flicked through in a printed album, are now stored online," said Law Society president Nicholas Fluck
"By making our wishes clear now, it will be easier for loved ones to recover pictures to cherish and will help with the more practical issues such as online bank accounts.”
Having a checklist of all of your on-line accounts, equivalent to electronic mail, banking, investments and social networking websites will make it simpler for relations to piece collectively your digital legacy, adhere to your needs and will save money and time, the Law Society mentioned.
However, not making your digital legacy clear may imply necessary or sentimental materials – akin to images on social networks – isn’t recovered. Digital property may also embody music, movies, e mail accounts and pc recreation characters.
“If you may have a Twitter account, your loved ones might want it deactivated and – when you’ve got left clear directions – it will be simpler to your executors to have it closed. If you could have a web-based checking account, your executors will give you the option to shut it down and declare the cash on behalf of your property,” stated Gary Rycroft, a member of the Law Society Wills and Equity Committee.
“This is preferable to leaving a checklist of passwords or PIN numbers as an executor accessing your account with these particulars might be committing a felony offence underneath the Computer Misuse Act 1990. It is sufficient to go away a checklist of on-line accounts and guarantee that is saved present.”
Digital legacies at the moment are recognised in The Law Society Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) protocol, which recommends completion and upkeep of a Personal Assets Log, and consideration of how these coping with the property will find a way to entry these property.
The Law Society has accredited the primary group of legislation corporations to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
“As know-how has advanced, so has the way in which we retailer data. Simple issues comparable to images, which prior to now we might have flicked via in a printed album, are actually saved on-line,” stated Law Society president Nicholas Fluck
“By making our needs clear now, it will be simpler for family members to get better footage to cherish and will assist with the extra sensible points akin to on-line financial institution accounts.”