Social Networking and Powers of Attorney

Social networking has completely engulfed the world of family law in many ways. It is also seeping into the world of wills and estates. Have you given thought to what might happen to your social networking accounts if you were disabled or deceased?

Many social networking entities will not make changes to an account based upon a normal power of attorney. It is recommended that Powers of Attorney include specific language allowing the POA to operate social networking accounts: for example:

“DIGITAL ASSETS My agent shall have (i) the power to access, use and control my digital devices, including but not limited to, access…control and transfer my digital assets, including but not limited to, my emails received, email accounts, digital music, digital photographs, digital videos, software licenses, social network accounts…”

(Edited for length, Credit to Attorney Patricia Hancock, Ridgeland, MS)