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Digital estate planning advice and guidance

Our Texas readers, just the same as those in other parts of the world, use social media and other aspects of the internet on a regular basis. While this is all well and good while you are living, you have to consider what will happen to your accounts once you pass on.

Digital estate planning is a growing trend. Many people have taken care of the usual things, from creating a will to naming life insurance beneficiaries, but have yet to consider the digital side of their life.

There are many things you can do to make sure your digital estate plan is sound, including the following;

-- Make note of all your digital accounts, such as email and social media.

-- Keep your account information in a safe place, just the way as you do with other estate planning documents.

-- Determine who you want to act as your digital estate executor. Many people choose the same person who is handling other areas of their estate plan.

-- Make a decision as to how you want your digital assets to be dealt with upon your death. Do you want all of your accounts closed? Do you want everything passed on to another party? You should leave behind detailed instructions to ensure that your executor knows what to do.

There is a lot that goes into estate planning, which explains why so many people miss out on important details. If you have any type of digital life, even if it is just an email account, it is a good idea to learn more about digital estate planning in your state.

Source: Southern California Public Radio, "Digital estate planning: 5 tips on how to avoid after-death social media disaster" Oct. 06, 2014

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