Leave a digital legacy after your death

We are increasingly living our lives virtually via our smartphones, in the way we meet people, do our shopping, chat to friends, pay our bills, access our bank accounts, make investments, conduct businesses… the list is endless.

We are also being encouraged to protect ourselves with passwords and facial recognition apps.

But what happens to all of this when you die? 

You should leave clear instructions about what should happen to your social media and other online accounts after your death.

Having a list of all your online accounts, such as email, banking, investments and social networking sites will make it easier for family members to piece together your digital legacy, adhere to your wishes and could save time and money.

Not making your digital legacy clear could mean important or sentimental material, such as photographs on social networks, is never recovered.

Digital assets can also include music, films, email accounts and computer game characters.

Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said:

'As technology has evolved, so has the way we store information. Simple things such as photographs, which in the past we could have flicked through in a printed album, are now stored online. By making our wishes clear now, it will be easier for loved ones to recover pictures to cherish and will help with the more practical issues such as online bank accounts.'

For more information regarding the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney contact Michelle Parry on michellep@terry-jones.co.ukor on 01743 285888.

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