What happens to my account when I die? Can I do something about it in advance?

  1. What happens to my account when I die?

  2. Will it be inherited by my heirs? Will Github let them take control based on a declaration by a notary that I died and that they are the heirs?

  3. Is it OK if I provide them my username and password as part of my heritage and is it then OK that they continue to use the acccount or close it as they see fit?

  4. Is there a difference in the above if I have a paid or a free account?

Hi @hansdejongehv,

Thank you for being here. In the event that a GitHub user passes away, we can work with an authorized individual to determine what happens to the account’s content. You can invite someone to manage your user owned repositories if you are not able to. Please see https://help.github.com/en/github/setting-up-and-managing-your-github-user-account/maintaining-ownership-continuity-of-your-user-accounts-repositories for more information about succession planning.

The GitHub Deceased User Policy is at this link. https://help.github.com/en/github/site-policy/github-deceased-user-policy

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