Protecting Your Online Life After Death

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Many of life’s activities that used to be done face-to-face or through the mail are now done online.  We bank online, we invest online, we buy and sell online, we keep up with friends and family online, and we even date online.

So what happens to your online identity and records after you are gone?

Savvy estate planners know that their client’s online identities and accounts must be protected after death just as well as their assets and properties are protected.  It is all too common today that a loved one trying to access a decedent’s online accounts and records is unable to do so because many popular sites like Google and Yahoo will not divulge account information to anyone but the account holder.

There are websites like that provide users with a system for storing all their online information, which is then made available to named beneficiaries utilizing a secure process upon the account holder’s death.

You can also create your own secure repository of your online account information and passwords and leave a printed copy or an electronic file for your beneficiaries or the executor of your estate.

Consult with your California estate planning attorney about ways to protect your online identity and assets in your estate plan.

Let our Costa Mesa law offices help you get started by contacting us today.

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