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Facebook Changes Policy for Handling Account After Death

Posted on Feb 22 2015 10:22PM by Attorney, Jason A. Lee

One thing that has become more complex in this changing world of technology is how to handle digital assets after you die.  As we continue forward in time, more and more individuals who die will have a substantial online presence.  Facebook has decided to update its policy and allow individuals to designate a “legacy contact” who can perform certain changes to the account after death. 


According to Facebook’s website, a legacy contact can do the following things:


1) Write a pinned post for your profile (ex: to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service)

2) Respond to new friend requests (ex: old friends or family members who weren't yet on Facebook)

3) Update your profile picture and cover photo


This will allow this person to make these specific changes on your Facebook site.  The legacy contact is also restricted from performing certain things such as:


1) Log into your account

2) Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your Timeline

3) Read messages you've sent...

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Jason A. Lee is a Member of Burrow Lee, PLLC. Contact Jason at 615-540-1004 or jlee@burrowlee.com for an initial consultation on wills estate planning and probate issues.

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