We are often asked what happens to Facebook accounts, email accounts, Instagram accounts, and other social and electronic communications when someone passes away. As the attached article explains, each site handles the situation differently. However, we encourage our clients to specifically address the situation in wills or power of attorney documents.
Oftentimes our social media sites contain information, like family pictures, that we would like for our families to access. However, there are times when email accounts and other electronic information should be restricted from our families after we pass away. In addition, you want to be careful what rights you give to others. You don't want somebody posting negative information on your Facebook account after you pass away or attempting to denigrate your memory to your family.
We encourage everyone to discuss after-death social media access with their attorney. Much like advance health care directives, your family can be spared a lot of pain and a lot of work with just a little planning on your part.