As an estate planning attorney, I am rarely surprised at what people do to leave that one lasting impression on loved ones and friends. However, I must admit being a little taken aback that those who wish to communicate from the grave can now do so via Facebook and Twitter.
A new Facebook app – If I Die – provides users with a way to leave one last post and tweet upon passing. Its promotional message of “What will you leave behind?” really begs the question, “Is that it?”
There are many more meaningful ways to create a lasting legacy for your loved ones – a will, any number of trust instruments – that come to my mind as a California estate planning attorney. The video on the If I Die website encourages users to leave a lasting message, even suggesting a message regarding “an old score you want to settle.” If that “old score” involves a disinheritance, a Facebook post or tweet will not do the job – you must specify exactly who you wish to disinherit in your will, and leaving such an important move to a social media network would likely unravel your plans and lead to litigation for your estate.
I blogged recently about the 10 reasons to create an estate plan – there are undoubtedly several reasons that apply to you. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – take the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for your loved ones by contacting a California estate planning attorney to help you develop your estate plan soon.
Let our Costa Mesa law offices help you get started by contacting us today.