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Keep Your Online Presence Alive, Even After You're Gone



As the internet and social media have become an integral part of our lives, it's no surprise that many seniors have established an online presence. Whether it's through social media, email, or other online platforms, seniors have been able to connect with friends and family and even expand their social circle. However, with age, it becomes more important to think about how their online presence will be managed after they pass away.


Fortunately, there are several steps seniors can take to ensure their online presence is transferred to their heirs, who can manage it after they pass away. Here are some tips to help seniors transfer their online presence to their heirs. Remember to consider your phone and online contacts, apps and accounts.


Take an inventory of your online presence

The first step is to take an inventory of all your online accounts. This includes social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, email accounts, online banking accounts, and any other online accounts you may have. Make a list of all your accounts, including the username and password for each account.


Decide who will manage your accounts

Next, you'll need to decide who will manage your accounts after you pass away. This could be a family member, a trusted friend, or an estate planning attorney. You'll also want to make sure that the person you choose has access to your list of accounts and passwords.


Consider a digital estate planning service

There are several digital estate planning services that can help you transfer your online presence to your heirs. These services will store your account information and passwords and provide your designated person with access to your accounts after you pass away. Some of the most popular digital estate planning services include Legacy Locker, PasswordBox, and SecureSafe.


Inform your heirs about your wishes

It's important to talk to your heirs about your wishes for your online presence after you pass away. Let them know which accounts you want to be deleted and which ones you want to be transferred to them. Make sure they understand the importance of managing your online presence and the potential consequences of not doing so.


Leave instructions in your will

You can also leave instructions in your will about how you want your online presence to be managed after you pass away. Be sure to include the name of the person you've chosen to manage your accounts and provide them with instructions on how to access your accounts.


Review and update your plan regularly

It's important to review and update your plan regularly, especially if you create new online accounts or change your passwords. Make sure your designated person has access to the most up-to-date list of accounts and passwords, and inform them of any changes you make to your plan.


Seniors who have established an online presence need to think about how their online accounts will be managed after they pass away. By taking an inventory of their accounts, deciding who will manage their accounts, considering digital estate planning services, informing their heirs about their wishes, leaving instructions in their will, and reviewing and updating their plan regularly, seniors can ensure that their online presence is transferred to their heirs and managed according to their wishes.


As a senior care manager in Torrance and the South Bay area, I teach seniors approaching the end of their life how to manage their online accounts for a seamless transfer to their heirs. Schedule a free initial consultation with me, or call (424)333-0081 to learn more about making senior living easier.


Please note this article is for informational purposes and based on personal opinion. Age Well South Bay LLC does not endorse or promote any product or service discussed on this page unless expressly stated. For any questions, please contact blanca@agewellsouthbay.com

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