Make plans for your digital estate

Did you know your Netflix account and your Facebook page are considered assets? What happens to your email, your iTunes, and your e-books when you die? You need a digital estate plan. The View provides these tips to create your own.

Create a list:   Take an inventory of your online presence. Include your bank and credit card accounts, social media pages, email accounts, and shopping sites. Write down each asset and leave instructions on how to access each. Store this information securely with your other important documents.

Have a plan in place:   What do you want done with your Facebook page when you die? Do you want it taken down immediately? Do you want it left up as a memorial? What about your emails? Do you want your family to read them or automatically delete them? Answer these questions and include your decisions in your asset inventory.

Keep up with settings:   Check the account settings of your online sites. Google, for example, has an Inactive Account Manager that lets you decide how you want to deal with YouTube or your Gmail after a period of inactivity. Most states do not yet have laws regarding digital estate issues, so take control and leave instructions.

Appoint a digital executor:   Choose a tech-savvy person to carry out your wishes for your digital estate. It’s okay if this person is different than the one managing your physical estate. If your spouse can barely find his or her way around the computer, appoint a child or even an older grandchild!

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