WILLS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
The majority of us will have a Will which lets everyone know our wishes when it comes to our assets etc when we finally take our last breath. However, have you ever thought of what happens to your online presence when you no longer have an earthly presence?
This had never really crossed my mind, and I was a little surprised with what is needed to close or ‘memorialise’ the online account of someone who has passed on. Following is the process for the three most widely used social media sites at the moment.
Facebook – to memorialise an account you need to submit a request to Facebook with the email address linked to the account and proof of death. A link to an obituary is acceptable. In order to close the account you will need the person’s birth certificate, death certificate and proof that you are the lawful representative of their estate.
Twitter – to deactivate an account you will need the accounts username, death certificate, your own ID, a signed statement with your name, contact details and relationship to the deceased, a link to the obituary and a deactivation request.
LinkedIn – to close an account they require a form to be submitted to their Customer Service team. The form is known as a ‘Verification of Death’ form. Apparently nothing can be done without this.
So in short, it makes sense to now have a provision in your Will for someone to deal with this aspect of your life once you are not here to do so.