Most people do not think about what will happen to their social media accounts after they pass away. It is just not something that crosses the mind that often. We tend to view these accounts as just things that we access and that will go away when we pass away.
However, take a minute to think about what will actually happen to your Facebook account, for example. This is how it will go. Your account will stay open and no one will be able to access it. Visitors will still be able to post messages on your wall and some of them might even wonder why you have not responded.
Your family will most likely try to access the account and take it down. They will contact Facebook only to be told that they cannot have access. Next, they will have to go to Probate Court and ask a judge to give them a specific order mandating that Facebook grant them access. Your family will send that order to Facebook and wait for the company to respond. Only then, will they be able to access your account and remove it.
Some states have enacted or are considering legislation to take care of this problem. However, Illinois is not one of those states at the present time. That does not mean that there is nothing that can be done. You can make sure that your family has access to your social media accounts by making the accounts a part of your estate plan. Schedule an appointment with an estate planning attorney, if you would like to do so.
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