In an age that is increasingly being driven by technology and where peoples’ professional and personal lives are so closely associated with their social media accounts, it comes as no surprise that now social media accounts and online assets can be inherited by a predefined legacy contact. Facebook has decided to allow holders of social media accounts to appoint a legacy contact who can post a final message on the deceased person’s timeline.
A ruling in Germany last week had confirmed that social media accounts were authorized to be inherited by a pre-appointed beneficiary. The Wills Service Centre at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) said that this landmark ruling was applicable to expats whose wills are governed by German law.
Residents in the UAE have been advised to appoint a legacy contact who can take over the social media account in the event of untimely death. Moreover, if registrants prefer not to allow anyone access to their accounts, an elected executor can also be appointed who can deactivate the social media account as per instructions. Online assets also work in a parallel manner like tangible assets and need to be shut down after the demise of the person in question.