Digital assets and how to prepare for your premature demise

The process for shutting down digital assets for accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, PayPal and email accounts, is not simple. For example, amongst other things, Facebook requires a copy of a deceased person’s death certificate; LinkedIn requires verification of death, such as a death notice; Twitter requires the names and contact information of people closing the account, plus a link to a public obituary and YouTube requires a death certificate, a power of attorney document and details of the person closing the account. So, when you next have some free time, list your digital assets and their passwords and user names and nominate someone you trust to close your accounts, in the event of your premature demise.