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‘LIVE FOREVER’ IN THE DIGITAL AFTERLIFE

Whilst Highlander may be one of those films we don’t openly admit is one of our favourite exports of the 80’s, when you think of the film you can’t help but hear in your mind one of the greatest songs ever produced by Queen ‘Who wants to live forever’.

A recent study by Blacks Solicitors has endeavoured to answer this question, and it may come as no great shock that thousands of people in Leeds are planning to ‘live forever’ by keeping their social media profiles alive even after they have shuffled off this mortal coil.

A staggering 75% of Yorkshire adults would like their friends and family to keep their social media accounts active even after they’ve gone, with two in five people in Leeds admitting they want to leave a final goodbye for their loved ones.

Now this might seem a bit depressing, but rather than their profiles acting as a painful and sad memory, 55% think it would help their family feel close to them still. It also turns out that people would like to use social scheduling tools to leave heartfelt messages for their relatives; telling them how much they loved them or leaving them a personal joke, birthday, or anniversary message, to make them smile.

So if you think of yourself as Connor MacLeod (Mr Highlander), what should you be doing and how do you ensure that only the people you want to have access to your accounts do after you pass away?

Nick Rhodes, a Partner at Blacks (we will think of him as Sean Connery – although truth be told he doesn’t have enough grey hair or the Scottish accent) says: “It’s interesting to see in a social media driven world that more and more people are wanting their profiles to be kept alive, even after their death.

“The law hasn’t really kept pace with advances in social media and the ownership of profiles after death. Certainly nowadays, it is important when taking Will instructions that we not only consider the client’s wishes for their traditional assets but also for their digital presence.”

So what would you do with your digital legacy? Something to consider if you haven’t already!

For more information about your digital legacy get in touch with the Wills & Probate team at Blacks Solicitors on 0113 207 0000 or visit www.LawBlacks.com.

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