What happens to your Gmail when you die? What happens to all the photos you've shared on Facebook? Who gets your text messages? And who can access your online accounts?
The more of our lives we spend online, the more digital property we collect, and the more complicated settling our estates will be in the future. And so we need to create digital estate plans for three main reasons:
- To communicate our wishes, and let our families know what we want done with our digital assets when we're gone
- To help our families, so that they can quickly and easily access our important digital assets when the time comes
- To preserve our digital legacy, and make sure that the treasured memories and personal imprints that we leave online can be saved
Everplans now has a suite of articles and tools to help you get started creating your digital estate plan:
- What is digital estate planning?
- What are digital assets/digital property?
- What is a digital executor?
- How do you choose someone to be your digital executor?
- Sample legal language to use when naming a digital executor in your will
- How to create a digital estate plan in 5 easy steps
- What are the digital estate planning laws in your state?
We hope that these new articles will help you as you begin to think about digital estate planning and actually create a plan for yourself and your family. If you have any feedback, we'd love to hear from you in the comments below.