We have talked before about the importance of making sure that your digital assets are taken care of after you pass away. As a reminder, digital assets are things that you possess on computers only. They include your social media accounts and any digital files that you have. Making sure that someone can access them after you pass away is vital, but not always easy to do. There are some options.
The first option is to write down all of your accounts, including user names and passwords. This has a few drawbacks. You have to remember to update the list whenever something changes and you have to make sure that someone can find the list after you pass away, but not before.
A couple of websites offer different solutions. For example, DeadmansSwitch.net lets you set up an account that will automatically send emails to people after you pass away to inform them how to access your digital assets. The site will send you emails. If you do not respond within 60 days, it is assumed that you are deceased and emails are sent out to those people you have previously designated. SecureSafe.com has similar features.
Talk to your estate planning attorney about how to pass on your digital assets.