Indianapolis Estate Planning Attorney Informs Clients on Ways to Deal with Death in a Digital Age
We live in a world of constant communication: email, Facebook, and Twitter are simply a few ways that people let the world know their every thought and feeling. Why should this be exclusive to life? For those who wish to communicate to their loved ones after death, there are more and more precedents being set for individuals to leave messages to their friends and families. Indiana will and trust lawyer Barbara J. Baird has experience assisting clients create wills and trusts that follow their wishes, and in the digital age, those wishes are becoming increasingly digitized themselves.
Notifying Friends in a Digital Age
Even Facebook is jumping on the estate planning bandwagon. “If I Die” is an application for Facebook that lets individuals leave a message at their death. You can leave a video or text message that is sent out after you have passed. In this Facebook application, you pick several trusted Facebook friends to be your “trustees.” If three trustees confirm that your death has occurred, your message is sent to all whom you wish to receive it.
There are other services that are similar to this Facebook application. http://LegacyLocker.com, http://AssetLock.net, and http://DeathSwitch.com are all sites that allow individuals to send out messages to their loved ones after death. Each has a free basic service that allows the individual to select trusted friends who report and verify their death. With all of the services, your set of instructions is carried out. These instructions might be anything from delivering the message of your death to other loved ones, or it might be to deliver keys or passwords to your house or bank accounts. The possibilities for how to delineate responsibility to one’s loves ones after death are endless.
Why You Still Need a Lawyer
These services are useful in relaying to people across the globe news of your death in a quick manner, relieving your spouse or partner of the grim task of having to notify others of your death. However, it does not replace the legality of creating wills, trusts and guardianships. In order to properly and legally arrange for your estate after your death, you need a skilled and experienced Indiana lawyer to ensure that your wishes are followed. Your attorney should also review any material that you intend to post digitally to ensure that it does not conflict with your written estate plan and provide grounds for a probate or trust dispute. Call Attorney Baird at her office in Indianapolis, IN today at (317) 252-0272 to begin making your arrangements.