Estate Planning: What to Do About Facebook

Facebook is your social media of choice because everybody uses it and it’s easy to use. You enjoy sharing and reading posts with your kids, grand kids and friends. You have Facebook pages for one or more of your businesses so customers remain engaged with what you have to offer. And you even have a page for your hobby club because it’s the most convenient way of communicating with the membership.

Have you considered what happens to your Facebook accounts when you die? Unless you make preparations, they all become locked. No matter how important these pages are to your family and friends, they’ll remain inaccessible to anyone. No one will even know what happened to you and assume you’ve chosen to abandon social media for one reason or another.

To avoid this possibility, you can designate a legacy contact for Facebook. This individual can memorialize your pages, enabling your friends and loved ones to digitally commemorate your life after you’ve passed away.

Your legacy contact can write a final post on your behalf, allowing your followers to share memories about you. He or she can also change your cover and profile photos, and respond to new friend requests. However, they cannot log into your account, touch previous posts, or see messages you’ve sent. You may also allow them to download a copy of your Facebook pages for permanent backup.

To add a legacy contact, click the Down arrow at the top right of your Facebook page and choose “Settings.” Then, click “Security” from the left pane and choose “Legacy Contact.” You can then add the name of a Facebook friend to act as the contact. A message is sent to them so you can discuss this option.

If you want to know more about estate planning, whether for digital or physical possessions, please contact us.