I received word today that Entrustet has officially launched its new digital afterlife service. While we do not endorse any one service we’re pleased to see another strong player in this growing space. Details below from the press release.
Entrustet (www.entrustet.com) today announces its services that securely and legally enable users to delete or designate heirs for digital assets (including email, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, PayPal and more), with new features to further help users protect and pass on personal information after death. Entrustet is the first to offer a complete solution for individuals, lawyers and companies to ensure that these accounts are transferred or deleted according to customers’ wishes.
Account Guardian – The free flagship service allows users to assign an executor and multiple heirs to inherit or delete all digital assets.
- List all digital assets including photos, email, social networks accounts
- Nominate up to 10 heirs to inherit assets
- Store personal documents – one document for free, each additional is $1 per document/per year
- As a premium add-on service, users looking to back up all files on a hard drive are referred to data backup partner Mozy.
- Lawyer Directory – The Lawyer Directory serves as a referral service for Entrustet users. Entrustet has partnered with estate planning lawyers throughout the country who understand digital estate planning needs and how to incorporate digital assets into new or existing wills and trusts.
- Double verification – Before facilitating the transfer or deleting a member’s digital assets, Entrustet requires a death certificate from the Digital Executor and then verifies the information with the local records office.
- LegalZoom legal protection – When signing up for Account Guardian, members receive a printed summary of digital assets, last wishes, heirs and digital executor. For security reasons, any usernames and passwords will not be included in the document. Members can then turn the form into a legally binding document with a do-it-yourself will through partner LegalZoom for an estimated cost of $60-$129.
- Account Incinerator – Entrustet offers a service that will keep designated personal assets private
- Annual fee of $19.99 per account/per year
- Users upload account information they would like to remain private after they die. These accounts will be immediately deleted by Entrustet once a member’s death is double verified.
- Account Incinerator will be available in Summer 2010
Entrustet’s Corporate Partner Program provides online companies with a free, simple and effective service to monitor member deaths across their user base, as well as users’ individual last wishes for their accounts. Entrustet has also created a widget to help networks estimate the number of member death rates per year.
Entrustet is working with a number of established sites including BroadJam, a Web-based promotional tool and service site for independent musicians, the music industry and fans around the world.