Friday, February 13, 2015

What Happens to Your Facebook Account When You Die?

When you prepare your estate plan, you will immediately think of the “big” items, what will happen to your assets, your house, who will take care of your young children and many other items that we have planned for years. But what about the new digital world we live in? What happens to your online profiles, your blog, your YouTube account?

To answer this question, Facebook is now allowing you to choose a “legacy contact” to manage your account after you have passed away. In addition, you are able to direct that your Facebook presence is deleted entirely after you pass away.

In the past decade, more people have begun to add their digital assets to their estate plans, adding provisions for online passwords and other access points after they are gone. It is good to see that Facebook is joining that movement and adding this feature.

For a more complete discussion of the new features, check out this Wall Street Journal Article.

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I would prefer that my Facebook profile is just deleted. That being said, I have seen some people that let there parents or children operate their profile after their passing. They post a lot, and that surprises me. Perhaps that is because they are trying to celebrate the original profile owner's life.