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Final arrangements: Hitting the digital dead man`s switch

Al's Comment:


This brings up a delicate subject....   what happens to our online affairs when we die or are incapacitated for a while? 

Google set up a new free service that lets you tell them what they should do with your stuff in google accounts (like email, videos from youtube, photos, etc) if they don't hear from you for a while.  You can set the time period and tell them to delete everything, or to let your loved ones get access to it.   They will even text you or email you at an alternate email account before doing anything if they don't hear from you for a while. 

I know we hate to think about such things but planning in advance can prevent problems later on.  When I had my heart attack a few years ago, I thought I had a good succession plan in place for the foundation.  I didn't realize that all of the videos in our brain tumor video library would be deleted if nobody logged into my account in 9 months. I never thought about that or the many other services google provides us. 

While on the topic - just a reminder that we all (not just the patient but the caregiver also) should have our wills up to date, power of attorney and a  living will  (also known as an advanced directive) - which is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments.


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