There are plenty of good reasons to make a will – your children, your partner, the charities you support. Now you can add one more reason to the list: your social media accounts. In the event of an untimely demise, what do you want to happen to your electronic and other online assets?
This is a particularly unsettled area of wills and estates law, but surely it’s better to put down who you would like to curate (or close down) your social media accounts and who gets all your digital downloads (if they can be transferred) than to leave that to chance.
And while it is easy to fall into thinking there’s plenty of time to come to a decision, B.C.’s Make a Will Week might be just the impetus some of us need to do something about it. It’s the chance to consider providing for the people, charities and organizations we care about. During this week, April 10 to 16, it’s time to think about how you want your final wishes to be carried out.
“There are many reasons to make a will – or to update an existing will -- and it’s easier than ever to do so,” says Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.
A couple of years ago, a provincewide telephone poll by the Society of Notaries Public of B.C. found that 45% of B.C. adults don’t have a current, legal will. In fact, neither did 80% of those between the ages of 18 to 34.
If you have a will – congrats. But you might want to take another look if you’ve had significant changes to your life, finances, health or family situation.
Need help with a will? A notary or a lawyer can help out. If your situation is straightforward, you can also consider doing it on your own.
For more information visit www.gov.bc.ca/makeawill