Planning for death: what to do with your emails?

It is a part of estate planning that no one in Texas would have thought of 40 years ago, but the problem of how to deal with emails and other digital information after death is something that many estate planning attorneys are now tackling. In an effort to help individuals contemplating what to do with their digital information after they have died, Google has recently released a tool that will delete or send your data along to another person after your death.

Planning for your death may seem morbid and something that many younger people in Fort Stockton don’t feel is that important, but there is no guarantee that everyone will live to a ripe old age. Sometimes, tragic accidents or illnesses take people who have no estate plan in place and there are very limited options with what to do with the person’s possessions. Creating an estate plan, however, protects the individuals’ wishes.

Part of those wishes may be that no one has access to emails, YouTube accounts and online profiles. Maybe there is some personal information in there, maybe there are some things that individuals just don’t want others to see. Regardless, using the Google Inactive Account Manager provides a way for individuals to protect their online information from family and friends after death.

On the other hand, however, there are some people in Fort Stockton who want family members or friends to have access to their emails and other online accounts after death, and this tool also gives them the ability to choose who can and who cannot have access. Ultimately, it is a matter of having a complete and thorough estate plan that protects individuals’ wishes after their death.

Source:CBS Pittsburgh, “Google launches digital afterlife manager,” April 13, 2013