Most people don’t think about Facebook and other social media profiles when considering the impacts of estate planning in Texas. However, these accounts are assets that you leave behind like many other personal items. Facebook profiles often feature pictures and personalized messages on a Timeline that have significant sentimental value for those you leave behind. This often begged the question, “what happens to my Facebook account when I die?” Historically, Facebook has allowed people to “memorialize” the pages of people who died, with the word “remembering” appearing next to the deceased person’s name on their profile. Additionally, friends were able to share memories of the person on his or her timeline. However, family members weren’t allowed to change anything on the page, which left some people upset. So, Facebook has responded by creating the concept of a “legacy contact” who will function as an “executor” of your Facebook page.
Here is a list of some of the things your legacy contact can do:
Here are some of things your legacy contact cannot do:
For more information about estate planning with digital assets, see my previous post.
Learn how to add a legacy contact here.
If you’re already a legacy contact, you learn how to manage a memorialized profile.