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People can appoint executors to manage Facebook accounts when they die

2nd September 2015

Facebook has launched a new legacy contacts feature

Facebook is allowing users in the UK to appoint an online executor of their profile to decide what happens to it after they die.

This new “legacy contacts” feature from Facebook is something that people in both permanent and temporary legal jobs will now need to be aware of and will have to consider when making a will with clients.

The launch of this new feature comes just over a year since the Law Society urged people to leave instructions to family and friends regarding their digital profiles, to enable them to gather all of the deceased’s digital profile and follow their instructions. In the Law Society Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) protocol, digital legacies are now recognised as something that should be part of a Personal Assets Log that should be used when dealing with the estate.

The legacy contacts feature allows Facebook users in the UK to control the page after a user has died by allowing them to update their cover and profile photos, write one last post and approve friend requests.

Vanessa Callison-Burch, product manager at Facebook, told the Telegraph, “When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.”

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