What Happens to Your Digital Life When You Die?

Trusts and Estates Law at Besunderlaw.com

It used to be our life’s memorabilia was boxed up and passed on, with instructions left in wills. Today, there is a wealth of online property, and laws and policies are catching up to make provisions for what happens when the owner dies. For example, 30 million Facebook accounts belong to people who have passed away. Prompted by a personal plea from a father who had lost his son, Facebook instituted a way to memorialize accounts, keeping the person’s settings but leaving content for loved ones to enjoy. Google gives people a variety of options if the account goes inactive:

  • Notify contacts and share data
  • Delete account
  • Set up an auto responder with a personalized message


What’s more, there are now websites, for example if i die.org, that will send your list of passwords to somebody upon your death, send personal emails that you have written, or post a message to Facebook. Others offer…

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