By Last Updated: October 18th, 2022

What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Pass?

From blogs and social media pages to digital accounts and photos, your online presence lives on long after you’re gone. Your will likely specifies what should happen to your property after you pass; but have you considered what will become of your online accounts? At Opal Cremation of Southern California, we offer support and guidance throughout all aspects of the after-life planning process, including what to do with your online accounts.

The Importance of Gathering Online Account Info

Many of us use the Internet to manage various aspects of our lives. You may use it to pay bills, keep in touch with peers, or organize your schedule. So what happens to all this digital data after you die? According to a new proposal by the Uniform Law Commission, a representative of the deceased can access these online accounts once they obtain a death certificate. However, they cannot use them to send messages or requests. Since legislators are still working on these laws, your online accounts may exist in legal limbo. For this reason, it’s important to gather account information ahead of time.

We recommend that clients designate a place in the home for storing essential documents. Include pins and access keys for bank and financial accounts. Don’t forget to add passwords for social media pages, online photo albums, and blogs. You should also provide instructions for the executor of your estate. By planning ahead, you can help minimize any burden on family members and friends left behind. 

If your loved one has an iPhone, then there are ways to designate a Legacy Contact who can then access their accounts after they’ve passed.

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How to Honor Your Loved Ones with a Web Memorial

In many ways, the internet can immortalize our loved ones. Their left-behind accounts provide a digital diary or scrapbook of their lives. You can continue to honor their memory with an online memorial. In a web memorial, family and friends can post photos, write condolence notes, and even light virtual candles as a way to commemorate the deceased. At Opal Cremation of Southern California, we can help you create lasting digital legacies for lost loved ones. It’s just one more professional and compassionate service we offer.

Opal Cremation Can Help You Manage Digital Accounts After Death

When a loved one passes, you’ll want to preserve their online legacy and properly manage their digital assets. Our experienced and dedicated care managers can offer support and guidance. Whether you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or making arrangements for your own future, Opal Cremation of Southern California will help you through every step of the process. Contact us to learn more about how we can support you during this time. You can rest assured knowing we will treat your family as though it’s our own.

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