Kudos to The New York Times for recognizing what Lee Poskanzer has been living with for the last six years in the article
A reminder of a dead friend’s work anniversary was what drove Lee Poskanzer to start looking into what we now know as the “digital afterlife.” He found out that there was no single platform available for users to create a digital estate plan, no guidance on most social media platforms, and little if any resources for the average user.
In response, he put together a team of stack engineers, got himself Observer Status with what ultimately became RUFADAA –Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Revised and started building a platform – Directive Communication Systems.
Along the way, he’s heard many horror stories from families who could not access critical data and continue to receive Facebook and LinkedIn notices about their loved ones. But that’s not all. Failure to have a digital estate plan has meant the loss of years of emails, family histories permanently deleted and entire businesses that go under.
Families with the resources can and do go to court against social media giants, but it’s mostly a losing battle.
Directive Communication Systems (DCS) was created to solve the problem of the digital afterlife. Today, thousands of people use the DCS platform to protect their loved ones from what happens to digital assets if there is no digital estate plan. Poskanzer speaks before professional and consumer groups, educating financial advisors, estate planning attorneys and professional organizers about managing their digital assets and how to create a digital estate plan.