We are all living our lives online, whether it be social media
or online shopping. What happens to your online accounts and
digital devices when you die? How do you deal with your
Our lives have evolved to a point where we are heavily reliant
on our online presence. From payment of household expenses to
keeping in contact with our family and friends to shopping. We are
living online. What happens to your online accounts and digital
devices when you die? Who knows how to access your digital
There is no official definition for "digital estate"
or "digital legacy". It is a relatively new concept but
something that is gaining more and more attention as problems arise
when a loved one dies without a plan in place dealing with this
aspect of their lives. A "digital estate" or
"digital legacy" is essentially the online presence that
a person creates during his or her lifetime.
We are finding an increasing problem with the lack of access to
and information about digital estates when a loved one passes. It
is common for spouses, partners, relatives and friends to find
themselves unable to access a deceased's digital devices,
online accounts and information, or to obtain key information about
services that affect those left behind.
It is common for household utilities to be held in the name of
one person with accounts emailed to that person each month. Unless
you are an authorised person to an account, it is very difficult to
access information. This can lead to overdue accounts, services
being ceased, and accounts being locked down; all during an already
emotional and stressful time.
Don't let this happen to you. We have advice and tips to
assist in managing and dealing with your "digital estate"
or "digital legacy" that can alleviate this unnecessary
anxiety and stress on your family and loved ones.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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