Q. Can a will include instructions for things like my online accounts or digital assets?

Can a will include instructions for things like my online accounts or digital assets?

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Dec, 2023

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  • tanyammitchell

    Yes, of course you can. Your digital assets can be as significant as your physical assets. These include your social media accounts, digital photographs, emails, and even cryptocurrency. By including them in your will, you ensure they are managed according to your wishes after you pass away.

    That said, it’s crucial to provide clear instructions on how these assets should be handled. This might mean specifying a person to manage your online presence or instructing executors on how to distribute or delete digital content. Remember, the clearer your instructions, the easier it is for your executors to follow your wishes. This is something estate planning lawyers can help you with.

    It’s also important to note that access to these accounts is governed by the terms of service of each platform. Some platforms have specific policies for deceased users’ accounts. Therefore, while your will can express your wishes, those wishes will not override the platform’s policies. You may need to carefully review the platform’s terms and conditions to learn what is and isn’t allowed in cases like this.


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