How do you leave behind digital assets?
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How do you leave behind digital assets?

| Mar 11, 2021 | Estate Planning |

When you start planning your North Carolina estate, take some time to decide what you want to do with your Google account. An online account might not seem like an important part of your assets, but if you have pictures, music, videos and other artifacts stored on that account, you’ll want to give your loved ones a way to access that information. Otherwise, they’ll have no way to get into your account after your death.

How do you manage your Google account?

Fortunately, your Google account comes with built-in features for estate planning. To start, log into your account and find the “Make a Plan For Your Account” option. You’ll have to enter some personal information and choose a time for the account to become inactive. For example, you could make your account officially inactive if you don’t log in for one year.

At that point, you can choose up to 10 people who can access your account after your death. You can choose the data that you want to share with these people and decide if you want Google to delete your account when it becomes inactive. With this feature, your loved ones can access your data to retrieve pictures, videos and anything else that you might have stored on your Google account. An estate planning attorney could help you make plans for other online accounts like Facebook accounts and email addresses.

What are some other examples of online assets?

Online assets contain anything that you might want to leave for your family members. This could include photos, videos and audio as well as money and even cryptocurrency. Your attorney could help you make plans for your loved ones to access these accounts after your death. You might prepare a list of accounts with the accompanying usernames and passwords.

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