When you are engaged in the estate planning process you would do well to put yourself in the shoes of the executor or executrix who will be administering your estate. What exactly is this individual going to need to be able to do his or her job?
If you need some assistance answering this question the simple course of action would be to discuss postmortem planning with your estate planning attorney when you are initially devising an estate plan.
One of the things that your attorney will mention to you is the need to engage in some digital estate planning. Given the fact that most of us do a great deal of business online you have to create a plan for the handling of your online accounts.
Each different entity that you deal with is going to have different guidelines to follow, so you are going to have to do some research to accomplish the above.
One company that has made it simple to prepare for the digital afterlife, at least in part, is Google.
You may have a YouTube, Blogger, or Gmail account. A lot of people have a Google+ account as well. You can utilize the Google Inactive Account Manager to let Google know how you want your account handled after you pass away.
The tool is used to monitor an extended period of inactivity which would suggest that you may have passed away.
You can arrange for someone that you trust to receive the data, or you can request that your account be deleted.