Be Sure to Give Your Executor Access to Digital Records
After you pass away, your estate executor may need access to some of your digital assets so that he or she can wrap up your affairs. However, many executors and personal representatives do not have legal authority to take this action, and so it’s up to you to provide your executor with all your account information. This includes usernames, passwords and other access instructions.
Your executor will already have the legal authority to perform a variety of other important tasks, such as paying bills, notifying beneficiaries of your passing, dealing with your creditors, distributing estate property, selling your property, getting death certificates and paying taxes. Providing this person with access to your online assets will make it easier for him or her to complete these tasks.
Without access to your digital assets, your executor will be unable to do the following:
- Make online bill payments
- Get email addresses or phone numbers of important contacts from your online accounts or cell phones
- Cancel any online subscriptions you’ve been receiving
- Pay off your insurance premiums online
- Delete or change any of your social media accounts
- Make administrative changes to your website or blog
- Access your web hosting services and cancel them if needed
- Access cloud-based storage for music or photos
- Perform any tasks that require access to your digital files and accounts
The easiest way for you to allow your executor to access these accounts is to include a document in your estate plan outlining all account names and passwords. This means your executor will be able to access these accounts with all the same permissions you have.
For further guidance on this important issue, contact a trusted Florida estate planning lawyer with The Charles Law Offices.