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New law address social media accounts, digital files after death

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Cars, homes, valuables and money are all things you can leave for loved ones in a will.

But now, you can leave your social media accounts to family as well. 

This week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law that regulates how pictures, emails, e-books, social media accounts and music can be considered an asset. Michigan joined nine other states which have passed laws addressing the deceased digital possessions.

For anyone in the United States, social media sites have started addressing the issue by providing information on how your loved ones can gain access to delete or save digital files from your social media accounts.

While Twitter does not allow loved ones access to deceased accounts, Facebook allows users to manage those settings for themselves in advance.

Mobile users? Click here to view our guide to setting up a legacy account.

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