Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN

Social medial accounts, we look at them every day on our phones and computers to stay in touch with friends and family, to find out what’s going on in the day-to-day world, and to keep ourselves entertained. Though still relatively new, social media is a modern way of enhancing your life for professional or social aspects. However, what happens to your social media account when you are no longer there to run it?

While you’re alive, your social media account leaves an electronic thumbprint on the world that promotes interconnectivity on a grand scale. This changes when you, or someone you care for, pass away. That social media account now becomes a burden on those we care for most. This also can be tricky because most social networking sites have clauses that grant them access to inherit all of the deceased accounts. However, some people sign the rights to a significant person in their lives. This creates an interesting set of circumstances for you or the people you care about most.

A digital legacy could be right for you

A new concept, having a digital legacy means that you can leave behind important information concerning your social media accounts. Seeing as there is no actual way for social media sites to prove the account holder is deceased, outside of an extended period of inactivity, which allows people to make decisions about these accounts. Many people disagree on whether or not the account should remain a digital “tombstone” if you will for others to remember the deceased by, or have the profile deleted. If a person were to pass on and no one could take over the account, it would remain perpetually under the host server’s discretion.

The most effective way to handle this is for any person who has a social media account to leave their desires in a will

This will ensure that loved ones can best accommodate your wishes, much like an estate clause. When deciding what to do with your social media account, it is important to consider that a digital legacy is much like physical property. Though a digital legacy is a new concept, if compared to estate concerns, it isn’t all that different. You have wishes and concerns about what happens to your things when you can no longer be there to look after them, and loved ones shouldn’t have to guess. By adding this information to your will, they simply can see what your actual desires were concerning your properties—virtual or physical—upon your passing.

Wills and estate planning in Nashville

Making life easier with a will is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones that you leave behind. Digitally or physically we should make sure our preferences are known. It’s up to you to adjust your will accordingly and make sure your loved ones are in good hands. If you are interested in making sure your family is in control of your estates physically or digitally, and you are in the Nashville area including Hermitage and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, contact the Law Office of Yancy Belcher at (615) 773-2889.


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