Naming a Social Media Executor is an estate planning tool that will become standard practice in the future. A Durable Power Of Attorney generally handles ones financial matters when there is an incapacity or death. An Advance Health Directive and a Living Will focus on health care related decisions. Prolific authors may name a Literary Executor whose role is to protect a writer's literary legacy.
However, a Social Media Executor is a position that is slowly becoming another accepted estate planning tool. Some social media websites have posted policies on how to deal with a deceased member. Most social media websites and email providers will not provide user names and passwords to a deceased users' heirs without a court order. Therefore, it is important to create a Social Media Executor and provide the person with all of your user names and accounts.
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