Estate Planning: Online Accounts are Digital Assets Video

Facebook and Email Live After You Die

When John tragically died at age 43 he did not have a will or estate plan. His siblings were appointed executors of his estate. Their job was to distribute his property and assets. John had an e-mail account. This is a digital asset. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and other social media are also digital assets. The executors wanted to access their deceased brother’s e-mail account. Because John did not have a will allowing his executors into his email account, the email service provider refused access to his email account. The executors sued Yahoo for access. But the service agreement between John and Yahoo was valid. They were not granted access.

Remember….any internet presence is considered a digital asset. Now what?
Make your wishes known; 
Include all online accounts in your will.

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