What happens to your social networking accounts after your death?

Today, so much of our lives are online. We have email accounts, blogs and different social networking accounts for work, keeping in touch with loved ones and exploring our interests. So, what happens to these accounts when we die? Here’s some insight from an estate planning attorney in New Jersey.

First of all, every digital account has its own policy of how to deal with this issue, so it really depends on who you have your accounts with. Here are some of the most popular social networks along with their solutions.

  • Facebook: Great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and sharing our own lives, Facebook is actually on target to have more dead people than live members online by the year 2130. The company gives friends and family the opportunity to turn a loved one’s page into a memorial page or delete it completely according to their preferences. This requires a death certificate and a link to the timeline and email address of the deceased.
  • Twitter: Currently, Twitter doesn’t allow any access to the deceased’s accounts by friends or family, but they will allow an authorized person to deactivate the account. This requires a death certificate, government-issued ID, proof of relationship to the user, evidence the account belongs to the deceased (if the user name and given name don’t match) and links to a public obituary for proof of death.
  • Google accounts: While this may change in the future, Google doesn’t guarantee that they will give a loved one access to accounts held by a deceased user, but they will consider their case. They will need to submit a death certificate, government-issued ID, your full name, Gmail address and physical mailing address.
  • PayPal: While not a social network, PayPal accounts will also have to be closed down in the event of a death and as part of fulfilling their estate plan. The executor of the Last Will and Testament will have to send in copies of required information in order to close the account, including the death certificate, proof of executorship, a cover letter for the request and photo identification of the executor.

Manage your digital assets and online presence with comprehensive estate planning 

Online accounts and digital assets are an important part of your life and should be managed effectively and in line with your personal specifications in the event of your death. If you would like to ensure that these assets are properly protected though comprehensive estate planning, Frank R. Campisano can assist you each step of the way.

For peace of mind estate planning or advice on creating your Last Will and Testament, please contact Frank R. Campisano or visit our website today at https://www.scclegal.com/

 

How a healthcare proxy can get better care for your loved one

Getting quality healthcare is vital as we get older. Not only do medical procedures have a greater impact on our quality of life, but more advanced lifesaving measures also carry strong personal implications. Simply leaving these decisions up to medical professionals or family members that are around at the time is not enough – which is why your elder law attorney in New Jersey will recommend that your elderly loved one creates a healthcare proxy.

What is a healthcare proxy?

Also known as a medical directive, this is a legally-binding document that gives a person or persons of your choice the ability to represent you when you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself. This means that your choices are protected in the event that you are unconscious, develop complications with your memory or are simply too unwell to properly dictate your own healthcare. While this document is important for individuals of any age, it is especially important for the elderly, who face a greater likelihood of facing a situation in which they are unable to make these decisions for themselves.

Personal preferences and religious beliefs

Healthcare proxies are a good way to ensure that your personal preferences, religious beliefs and any other individual requirements are followed in various medical circumstances. For example, if your loved one would like to have a “Do Not Resuscitate clause” does not want to be on extended life support or doesn’t want to receive a blood transfusion.

Clarity, care and compassion

By appointing a healthcare proxy, you and your loved one can have peace of mind knowing that, should the worst happen, your medical and care wishes will be carried out as you would prefer. Your loved ones will also be clear as to what these wishes are and will be able to act in your best interests, with compassion rather than conflict. All of this ensures the best quality of care.

Create your healthcare proxy today with the assistance of NJ elder law attorney 

If you would like to create your own healthcare proxy or help your loved one create their own, speak to Frank R. Campisano today. Experienced in elder law, compassionate and committed to his clients, you’ll receive the highest quality legal expertise and guidance. In addition, you can also prepare additional estate planning documents, such as your Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney documents and trusts. For a free consultation, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.scclegal.com/

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