Ohio residents may not take their Twitter or other social media accounts seriously. However, it may be a good idea to account for them in an estate plan. If an account is not properly shut down, it could cause unnecessary grief and pain as it continues to exist as a ghost account. For friends and loved ones, it may be embarrassing and awkward to see a deceased person appear as a suggested social media friend or contact.
Companies such as Facebook and Twitter allow individuals to have accounts deleted or memorialized. This generally requires proof that a person has passed on such as an obituary or death certificate. It may also require a person to prove that he or she is the decedent's legal representative. Prior to an account being deactivated, it may be a good idea to review each platform's terms of service.