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Should you include social media accounts in your estate plan?

| Jan 1, 2019 | Estate Litigation

Social media is a part of daily life for many people in Arkansas. It is often something people engage with on a regular basis. It becomes an asset, containing information, photos and memories. As an asset, you might consider how it will play into your estate plan. Forbes suggests including social media accounts in your will or other estate documents so your executor can access the accounts when you die.

Many times, surviving family members end up with no access to social media accounts. The security surrounding access to these accounts is very strict. Unless you have specific legal documents providing permission for access, after you die, your account may be lost to your family. At the very least, you should take steps to provide someone with your passwords and legal access to your accounts.

Your family may want to preserve the account or gather information from it for sentimental reasons. They may want to download the pictures you have there or just know they can preserve it and always look back at it.

Keep in mind unauthorized user laws may prohibit someone from accessing your account even if you gave him or her the login information. So, it is best to speak with your estate planner and get something in writing giving permission for access. This way, your executor can legally and easily get into your accounts when you die.

You may not think of your social media accounts as assets, but they hold some value to those who love you. They can provide a connection with you that will be lost if you fail to include them in your estate plan. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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