Social-media wills — will you be covered after death?

By Vanessa Schrum

The emergence of the internet and social-media websites in particular as indispensable communication tools has raised the question of what happens to our electronic information and data when we die.

Who will have access to our emails, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, Twitter and other password-protected accounts?

Will the many memories of our lives memorialised in digital photographs, texts and contacts be retained and accessible to our loved ones and generations to come? In this age of digital technology, a properly crafted ‘social-media will’, leaving detailed instructions on how to handle your electronic information, should be considered…

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