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What happens to your digital identity and assets when you pass?

Many people in the Hudson County area are already aware of the importance of planning for the future, including life after death for their loved ones. Estate planning is important and there are many aspects to be aware of. However, there is a relatively new issue arising that many people may have overlooked. What happens to your digital identity when you pass away?

Millions of people who own online accounts on social media sites and other subscriptions will pass away each year. When someone dies there is no agency of any kind employed to wipe out his or her digital identity. This is just one reason that a person needs to be aware of his or her digital assets when one is planning for the future. Just as a person makes plans for his or her bank accounts, home and other physical assets, he or she should make his or her digital assets a part of estate planning.

There are some helpful steps people can take as they consider their online presence. First, one can speak with his or her loved ones about one’s online information and assets and how he or she wants them handled. Another helpful measure could be to store all of one’s passwords and other sensitive online information so his or her family members can have access after a person dies.

Planning for life after death includes so many aspects. That is why speaking with a knowledgeable estate-planning attorney is another good idea in your planning process.

Source: The Patriot-News, “When planning for death, remember your digital assets,” Jeffrey A. Johnson, August 9, 2013

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