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Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society Press Release

The Law Society has said that people should leave clear instructions about what should happen to their social media, computer games and other online accounts after their death and this is something that has now become a usual part of us discussing Wills with our clients.

The Law Society says that having a list of all your online accounts, such as email, banking, investments and social networking sites will make it easier for family members to piece together your digital legacy, uphold your wishes and could save the people you leave behind, time and money. Not making your digital legacy clear could mean important or sentimental material – such as photographs on social networks – is lost forever.

People are reminded that digital assets can also include music, films, email accounts and computer game characters.

The details of our digital life will often be unclear to our family and so we need to help them by leaving clear instructions.

The main social media sites have differing rules abut what happens when you die. Family members may want to deactivate some sites and as quickly as possible.

Money in an online bank account will need to be claimed by your executors on behalf of your estate and their job will be far easier if they have clear and detailed instructions. This will be discussed with you when you make your Will with an expert Solicitor.

As more of our life moves online the practicalities of what happens when we die becomes ever more important. Clearly leaving a list of passwords or PINs to an executor is a) dangerous and b) could lead to a potential criminal offence.

The best thing to do is create a list of online accounts and then keep it up to date.

The full Law Society Press release can be found at: