In estate planning many different ideas come and go as laws and ideas change. The latest fads revolve around what to do with your social media accounts after you pass away. The idea is to give someone the ability to access your accounts and set out how you want them handled. While this is generally a good idea, it needs to be executed properly.
The big thing now is called a Social Media Will. It’s a separate document for your social media accounts. Do you really need it though? You should have a comprehensive estate plan that covers everything. You can give directions for your social media accounts in other documents, like Wills and Trusts. If you already have those, it’s easier to include your social media directives in them because it’s one less document for your heirs to find and present in Probate court.
There will be other fads in estate planning. Just because something is the newest thing does not make it the greatest thing. Older estate planning tools are often just as effective, if not more so, in protecting the interests of your estate and fulfilling your goals as newer ones. Give directions on how you want your social media accounts handled, but talk to an estate planning attorney about the best way for you to do so.
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