WebCease Helps Heirs Find Forgotten Accounts

Previously I’ve mentioned the need to solve the digital afterlife problem in a way that does not require advance planning. WebCease, a new service that finds and reports various digital accounts after the account holder has passed, does just that.

The premise is actually quite simple. An executor or heir pays WebCease to research the digital accounts of a decedent. WebCease uses both automated tools and manual searches to check for a decedent’s account with dozens of companies, ranging from hotels and airlines to social media and e-commerce websites. Once the research is complete, WebCease provides a report of the assets they found and instructions on how to make contact with their respective companies.

Here’s an anonymous sample report:

What’s our take?
Top notch. WebCease solves a very real problem heirs and executors face. From a business standpoint, $529 isn’t all that much to part with in exchange for saving about 40 hours worth of work on your own.

    About Evan Carroll

    Evan Carroll is an author, speaker and UX strategist who works to make digital experiences more personal, more emotional and more effective. A leader in the developing digital legacy and personal archiving arena, Evan is author and co-founder at The Digital Beyond and co-author of the book, Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy?. Evan has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, NPR’s Fresh AirObit magazine, NPR’s Here and Now, Fox News, CNN and The Atlantic. A frequent speaker on both marketing and digital legacy, Evan has presented to audiences at SXSW Interactive (2010-2012, 2014), the Library of Congress, and the Internet Archive, among others. Evan holds BS and MS degrees in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. He can be contacted by emailing or via Twitter @evancarroll.  Evan's personal site is www.evancarroll.net.
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