Like everything else, estate planning has its fads. The latest is a Social Media Will. This document sets out what you want done with your social media accounts after you pass away. While the idea is a good one, a separate document to state your wishes in this area is not necessary.
It is a good idea to state your wishes in regards to your social media accounts as the law is unclear and does not have default options that your heirs can rely on. However, you do not need to create a special document to make your wishes known and legally enforceable. The same thing can be accomplished in other estate plan documents. Instead of a special Social Media Will, just put the same information in your regular Will. An even better option is to create a Trust and handle the accounts through it. This allows for the constantly changing accounts and passwords inherent with social media without having to constantly update a Will.
Sometimes fads are good ideas. However, the latest thing is often not as good of solution as those that have been around and faced the test of time. Before getting a Social Media Will, talk to an attorney about getting an estate plan that has the same information.
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