Most people have personal digital conversations, social media accounts, online profiles, online bank accounts, and other similar online assets. The information on some of these channels can hold personal information and there are always risks such as fraud, identify theft etc. that come into play. This makes it very important to understand exactly what would happen to these digital assets after the death of a person. We at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, recommend these things:
1. Identify Digital Assets
One of the very first things you need to do is to identify all the digital assets that a person had, and then determine which of these can cause more damage. Some of the assets you need to focus on include:
Social Media ProfilesInformation Saved in CloudEmail Accounts (Personal & Professional)Bank AccountsSmartphone InformationOnline Trading AccountsApple/Google AccountsCollege/Work/School AccountsWebsitesMost individuals today have quite a diverse presence in the online space, which makes it very necessary to ensure that you are aware of all the important assets even if the person has been anonymous on them.
If you are making end of life arrangements or are pre-planning your funeral, it also important that you manage all of your digital assets at the same time. You have the option to hire a trustee who will be in charge of destroying all your private e-mail accounts, removing personal information from online platforms, closing social media accounts and bank accounts etc.
The person should also be able to publish information about the individual’s demise, on various online platforms. This is one of the best ways to ensure that extended family, contacts, and long distance friends are made aware of the person’s death.
If you want to know about our funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.