Comprehensive estate planning requires a lot of attention to detail. It is important to consider all the loose ends that could be left behind, and with this in mind you would do well to inventory your online presences and make arrangements for them in advance.
There are a number of different ways that you can stake out some virtual real estate on the Internet. Some people maintain websites either for business purposes or as a personal hobby. You must decide how you want these websites handled after your passing and include instructions in your estate planning documents. Of course providing all relevant access information will be part of the equation.
You may have a personal blog that you put a lot of time and effort into and this is something to take into consideration as well. Do you want it to remain on the Internet or would you like it taken down by a representative?
There is also the matter of social network identities. Facebook will allow your representative to memorialize your page after you pass away. Once this is done no one will be able to find the page via searches and you will not be recommended as a friend. Only existing friends and family will be able to access the page and they will be able to add comments though no one will be able to maintain the page and add updates, links, or pictures going forward.
You may have other social networking identity such as a Twitter account or a LinkedIn profile and once again, how you want them handled it is something you have to communicate when you are expressing your wishes.
Estate planning in the digital age requires a few extra steps, but if you take the time to express your wishes everything will be handled in the manner that you set forth when it becomes necessary.
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