What is a Digital Executor?

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What is a Digital Executor?

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What is Digital Executor?

Simply put, a Digital Executor or a Digital Will Executor is the person who will distribute, preserve and manage your digital assets and property after your demise. 

In today’s day and age, everyone has a digital footprint. Everything, starting from your bank account, emails to pictures of your family and pets, is currently present in the digital space. What will happen to those after you die? Will it continue to live on in the massive expanse of the world wide web? In your Will, you can add a Digital Executor, someone who can archive, memorialize, delete, and distribute all the digital property that you own.

What is the difference between an Executor of Will and a Digital Executor?

Now you might ask, what is the big difference? Is it not the same thing? Well, not really. 

Your assigned executor of the will has a much bigger role in distributing your entire estate and assets amongst your loved ones. 

The Digital Executor will only be in charge of your Digital Assets and property. These Digital Assets may range from just your emails, social media accounts, recurring subscriptions to your crypto coins, NFTs, YouTube channel and more. 

The Digital Executor’s role is also crucial because, in multiple states, an Executor of Will doesn’t automatically obtain access to digital assets after your death. Your Digital Executors will have access to basic details such as email id, usernames, passwords, all things necessary to manage your digital property. The Will Executor and Digital Executor can be the same individual as per your request. 

What can my Digital Executor access?

  • This is a big question. What are the things accessible to my Digital Executor? Any digital files and documents, including items stored in digital devices, will be accessible to them. 

 These are some of the basic things that a Digital Executor will have access to –

  • Email account (personal, work, and others)
  • Social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more)
  • Digital pictures and videos 
  • Cloud storage and file-sharing accounts
  • Subscription services – any site where you have to pay a recurring fee, either monthly or annually. (Netflix, Hulu, Spotify etc.)
  • Online payment applications- sites that have your bank information (Venmo, Paypal)
  • Virtual Currency (Ether, Bitcoin etc.)
  • Credits in an online account – such as shopping sites reward points, frequent flier miles, etc. 
  • Revenue generating accounts such as blogs, YouTube, Instagram, Etsy and other websites 
  • Any online accounts where your data is stored

How to choose your Digital Executor?

Now you might have understood what a Digital Executor is, and why they are necessary. We need to figure out how to pick the right person to be your Digital Executor. As the years roll by, we are becoming more intertwined with technology. So choosing the right person to be the Digital Executor is crucial to guarantee that your Digital Legacy will remain secure.

Now you might have understood what a Digital Executor is, and why they are necessary. We need to figure out how to pick the right person to be your Digital Executor. As the years roll by, we are becoming more intertwined with technology. So choosing the right person to be the Digital Executor is crucial to guarantee that your Digital Legacy will remain secure.


An understanding of software applications would also be beneficial. The digital executor should ideally know about topics like file encryption, storage of cookies and passwords in different web browsers, cloning and erasing files and data from digital devices, and much more. 

You can choose the Digital Executor to be the same as your Will Executor or name some separately. 

Now that you know what a Digital Executor is all about, it is time to create an Online Digital Will for your Digital Assets or a Digital Estate Plan. Sign up with Clocr and get all the help you need in safeguarding your Digital Assets.