In Oklahoma, when you pass away, your online accounts are accessible by your personal representative by state law. Nebraska is currently considering similar legislation. Unfortunately, Illinois does not have such a law. So, if you want someone to be able to access your online accounts after you pass away, you need to make provisions for it in your estate plan.
You might think that what happens to your Facebook account after you pass away is unimportant. Maybe it is for some people. However, others might have friends on Facebook that they haven’t seen in person since high school. If no one can access your account, then those friends may not ever know what happened to you.
You can tell someone else your Facebook, and other online account, log in information and let them access the account that way. The better plan is to go ahead and make it explicit who has access in your estate plan. That way you alleviate any doubt over who is in charge of your accounts. You don’t want family members arguing about something so small.
Your estate planning attorney can provide for your online accounts in your estate plan. Be sure to mention it when you speak to your attorney.
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