According to the law society of England and Wales, people should enable friends, family and society with adequate and specific instructions on what they would want done to their digital legacy, i.e. online accounts; social media accounts, online shopping accounts, subscriptions, computer games, emails, music, investments etc.
Gary Rycroft, a member of the Law Society Wills and Equity Committee, said people should not assume family members know where to look online and to make details of their digital life absolutely clear. To read more click: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/leave-a-digital-legacy-after-your-death-urges-law-society/
As much as people might know their closest family and friends you cannot know them a hundred percent. Not a lot of people even know themselves that well. When the inevitable happens and you haven’t left detailed instructions or information, dealing with all these accounts becomes a burden to your loved one as well as dealing with your loss.
Leaving your log in details such as usernames, passwords, pins, memorable information and answers to security questions can make accessing these accounts a lot easier. Letting them know what you would like to happen to your accounts help them sort it out without having to assume. It is hard for them to know if they are invading your privacy or you want them to access these accounts.
Alison Atkins was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was 12. A colon disease. She passed away after a long battle with colon disease. After she died her sister Jaclyn Atkins and their family wanted to hold on to her memory but didn’t have access to any of her passwords. It violated some of the terms of service on some of the websites she used.
Help them through the pain of not having you around. Help them with clear instructions on what to do to avoid the battle with invasion of privacy and celebrating the life you lead.
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