How to keep your social media accounts from 'living on' long after you

Future of your social media after you die

Have you ever thought of what will happen to your social media and e-mail accounts when you die?

As it turns out, getting them to go away may not be as easy as you think.

“It’s really tough to do some things if you don’t have their original access,” social media consultant Nate Stockard said.

The U.S. government has been urging people to name an executor with the authority, or at least the passwords, to close down your accounts when you go.

It is because those accounts may be next to impossible to close for anyone other than you.

Facebook and Google are among the only social media providers with provisions, but you have to adjust your settings first.

Otherwise your accounts can remain active, even against the wishes of your estate.

According to Texas Tech law professor Gerry Beyer, only 20 states now allow someone to gain legal access to your social media passwords, but only after they first get a will, power of attorney, trust, court order or guardianship granting permission.

Beyer notes that Ohio is not among those states, but says new legislation is pending.


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