Dead people on FaceBook, the runaway bus and the ICT executor

Tutankhamun in coffin
How many blogs and web sites belong to dead people? How many dead people still have their accounts on FaceBook?

My lawyer said, "Hey it's 10 years since you wrote your will, take another look." So I did.

Everything has changed. 10 years ago I had real property (apartment, computer and stuff), financial property (in my piggy bank), intellectual property and virtual property. I've managed to keep the real, financial and intellectual property under control. But 10 years later the virtual property is pretty much running riot.

What would happen if I died suddenly? Or went steadily (and of course sweetly) gaga?

In my 1999 will I already have a:

  • family executor
  • business executor
  • literary executor

Now I also need an ICT executor to make decisions about all those passwords and hardware and web sites and blogs and accounts with Twitter, Paypal, WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook etc etc etc.

That L-letter has put a bomb under me. I'm strongly motivated to simplify as much as I can, and I do try. But the junk on the computer! The lack of online back-up! The replicated documents in successive versions! The manuscripts finished and unfinished!

This is a problem not just for older people, but everyone who works alone. Hit by a runaway bus? Think ICT executor.

Clearly I need to talk to my lawyer about this and I will. But what have I forgotten?


Rachel McAlpine
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3 Comments

rachel
rachel

October 01, 2009

Thanks, Trish. I had better check that out. Makes sense!

Posts about Information and Communication Technologies as of September 30, 2009
Posts about Information and Communication Technologies as of September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009

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Trish
Trish

October 01, 2009

Interesting and relevant to most of us at some level.
Recently Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand National interviewed someone who has set up a service to look after online accounts and contacts after death. It’s a topic I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about.

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