A Web of Your Personal Information

Physician's Money Digest, January31 2004, Volume 11, Issue 2

A new website is hoping to make it easier for you to communicate your wishes and financial information to your loved ones on the event of your death. YouDeparted.com enables users to store financial and personal information online that family members or business partners can access in a time of a crisis.

On the event of your death, YouDeparted automatically emails pertinent information including any personal messages, final wishes and instructions, location of financial documents, videos, photos, and pass codes to family members. Users designate an authorized family member or associate who may access their account upon the user’s death. Membership to the site is $9.95 per year. The Web site offers a free demo for those interested. YouDeparted.com guarantees that personal and financial information will be kept secure through 256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard technology. However, in this day and age of identity theft, the possible threat to personal and financial security should be seriously considered.