With many people now considering a well-maintained Facebook page or Twitter account to represent one of their most valuable and personal assets, users are now seizing the opportunity to stay alive online after their deaths. The practice now extends far beyond tribute websites, or 'memorial pages' automatically created by Facebook upon a user's death. Those aware that they don't have long to live can leave directions for a certain message, photographs, or videos to be posted to their account at a time of their choosing - up to 999 years into the future.
Various companies have emerged to offer this service, helping users preserve themselves (or a carefully-cultivated version of themselves) for future generations. Some will even do it automatically - rather than rolling out tweets captured before death, they analyse the style and content of older messages, and automatically generate new tweets based on your previous output.
This isn't something that Morton Fraser offers (yet!). But the emergence of this service - unthinkable just 10 years ago - illustrates the changing ways that we are thinking about death and our continued presence, and the different things that we leave behind.
If you have any questions regarding planning for the later stages of your life, or what will happen to your estate after you die, the team at Morton Fraser would be pleased to help.