We recently blogged about the importance of appointing a digital executor for things like your online banking, bills and other accounts. Today we are taking a look at the expanded role a digital executor can play in making sure your other online activities are taken care of. For instance, have you thought about some of the online games you play and how you might want to make your final exit or keep your profile going in the hands of someone else? Or consider your many online friends: You might want some of them to know about your passing — and not others. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney is the best way to ensure that every aspect of your estate and identity (online and offline) is properly accounted for.
When you think about your estate plan, you need to think about everything you own and participate in, not just the most obvious things, like real estate and personal property. Many people live in the digital world as much as (or more than) the physical world and the importance of taking care of these online activities should not be overlooked.
Here’s a handful of common examples of how a digital executor can help in the event of your passing:
Online Games: World of Warcraft and Second Life are just two examples of popular online games that people invest a lot of time in playing. There are options for what you want to happen to your profiles and how that should be handled; a digital executor can ensure they are executed in accordance with your wishes.
Online Currency: Bitcoin is just one example of online currency that is gaining popularity and worth. Without making plans for this asset, your executor may have no idea of its existence. Don’t let your online currency go unaccounted for; make sure that it is properly addressed and handled in your estate plan.
Social Networks: Some people don’t want a Facebook announcement; some people do. And some people might want some version in between. What you want is what you get when you lay this plan out with your designated digital executor.
Estate planning is not the morbid event many people initially think it is. Your estate plan is as unique as you are, so make sure that it captures the entirety of your life and wishes, including your requests for your digital presence. And just like any good estate plan, your digital wishes are not a one-time thing but rather something that should be constantly updated to reflect your most current situation. Working with the Law Offices of Christopher B. Johnson can help ensure that all these things and more are taken care of.
The Law Offices of Christopher B. Johnson
At the Law Offices of Christopher B. Johnson, we are here to help. Let our decades of legal experience in estate planning help guide you through this process and ensure your physical and digital wishes are fully executed. We are here to answer all of your questions about this and more; we’ll make sure that everything you set up is exactly as you want it to be. Give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation.