Social media is a new phenomenon that has created a lot of problems for many estates. When a person passes away, his or her social media accounts do not automatically become a part of the estate that the family has access to. The family’s access is entirely dependent on the policies of the social media company.
Fighting Facebook to get access to the account has been a long battle for the family. Recently, they have managed to convince the Virginia Legislature to introduce legislation that would allow estates access to social media accounts. Other states, are also considering similar laws. However, there is not a single nationwide standard.
The best thing you can do with your social media accounts is to make sure that you simply leave your login information for your family. Leave your family a letter with the information so they can access the accounts and decide what to do with them. Obviously, that was not an option for the Rash family, but it is one for you.
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