What happens to my Hubs and Google revenue if I die?

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  1. Dorsi profile image89
    Dorsiposted 13 years ago

    I know this is probably a morbid question but I was wondering what happens if I die? What happens to my hubs and the revenue from them? Can I will the income to one of my sons?

    Just wondering.....trust me to think of weird stuff like this..lol..

    (and actually that should read "when I die"...inevitable. isn't it?)

    1. livewithrichard profile image73
      livewithrichardposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Not quite sure but I have all my websites and revenue producing accounts listed as part of my estate in my will.  I had to list the names of all the accounts, user names, and passwords.

    2. nanospeck profile image59
      nanospeckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      We all do these hard work to have a living... after death, wht's the use of worrying about it .we would be having better thing to worry about!

      1. Dorsi profile image89
        Dorsiposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I would like to pass on the earnings of my writing as a legacy to someone I love if possible. The will sounds like a good idea!

      2. Aya Katz profile image82
        Aya Katzposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Some of us have dependents, and it could matter to them.

    3. relache profile image72
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Just like anything else you own, if you don't make provisions for it in your will, these things will get lost in the shuffle.

    4. psycheskinner profile image80
      psycheskinnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      As the others said, you need to have a will.  Otherwise it depends on Hubpages and your heirs working things out.

    5. Sally's Trove profile image77
      Sally's Troveposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Great question, Dorsi. I hadn't thought about this at all. Residual income is based on an asset (in this case a body of Hubs), and any asset can be transferred in a will so that the heirs now own the asset and thus enjoy the income. But I wonder about the mechanics for doing this, and if HP has any experience with this. It would be helpful to know.

    6. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      ...you mean all 60 cents?   smile:

    7. Marisa Wright profile image89
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have a notepad with all my revenue-earning sites and their passwords. 

      The way I figure it, so long as my partner can log into my Adsense and Paypal accounts and change the bank account details, no one need know he's not me.

      The only problem would be affiliates who pay me by direct debit, but that's not enough money to be worth worrying about at this point.

  2. itech profile image66
    itechposted 13 years ago

    The same question is worrying me, Nobody Knows (including family members) the password of any of my account. I will definitely make a secret diary 'Next Morning'.

  3. kmackey32 profile image64
    kmackey32posted 13 years ago

    Good call....

  4. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 13 years ago

    I have wondered, too.  If no one takes over the account and keeps some activity going, won't it die a natural death in a few months?  Hubber score going down till links are worthless, etc.?

    1. relache profile image72
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      HubScores are not dependent on constant activity.  I've not published any Hubs for weeks to months at a time, and still watched my traffic and earnings go up.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I thought that the score on your avatar would go down with no activity at all (including forums and other posts) until it was below 75, whereupon bad things happen?

        1. kmackey32 profile image64
          kmackey32posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I dont think so.. I hadnt been online for months and my score wasnt much different and I still earned money and traffic...

        2. Ivorwen profile image66
          Ivorwenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          On my other account, I have not posted a hub on since January,  I have only responded to a few comments, and the score remains about 92.   The traffic continues to rise, and when I last checked backlinks, they had increased.

          1. nanospeck profile image59
            nanospeckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Hi, ivorwen can you tell me how to check the backlinks? any search technique?

            1. Ivorwen profile image66
              Ivorwenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              Hi nanospeck.  I have used Yahoo Site Explorer, just the Explore URL, at the top of the page.  It will tell you how many backlinks you have and where they come from.

              1. Dorsi profile image89
                Dorsiposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                Good info-thanks!

        3. relache profile image72
          relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I've been here for almost four years, and I have never heard of nor experienced anything like what you are describing.  It would seem you are the victim of some incredibly bad intel.

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Probably not; just my own incredible talent for putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5.  Thanks, relache, it relieves my own mind somewhat as I forsee periods where I won't be active.

  5. Catering101 profile image60
    Catering101posted 13 years ago

    This is such an interesting question but in a way, a practical one that we all just don't talk about. It's definitely a good idea to put it in writing, especially if you want your kids to have it by the time "you die"...wink

  6. Len Cannon profile image89
    Len Cannonposted 13 years ago

    Put in your will that you want to have 100% of your Hubs donated to me. I promise I will save everything, delete it, and return it to hubpages under my name within a month.

    Not only will you be helping me live my dream of publishing a dead person's work under my own name, your writing will live on.


    Earning me money.

    I'll buy your kid an apple, whatta ya say?

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds like a winner, but only if you would marry my wife as well as give the kid an apple.....

    2. profile image0
      ryankettposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Raise your offer to an Apple iPad or Apple iMac, and I am sure that you have yourself a deal!

  7. Shalini Kagal profile image55
    Shalini Kagalposted 13 years ago

    Make a digital will as well, Dorsi. Many people are doing it now smile

  8. KeithTax profile image71
    KeithTaxposted 13 years ago

    If you set up your account TOD, including HP articles and revenue, you do not include HP hubs in your will, hence, bypassing probate, probate costs, and probate wait. All additional hubs are covered under the TOD umbrella. One simple step saves your heirs headaches later.

    TOD means Transfer on Death. It works in a similar manner as beneficairies listed on a retirement plan or annuity.

    Your attorney can handle the details. It is a low-cost solution for many people looking to transfer assets from their estate.

    The above short explanation should not be considered legal advice. It is nothing more than an idea that may serve your personal needs.

    1. Aya Katz profile image82
      Aya Katzposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that suggestion. But what sort of income would it be for the heirs? I know we have to pay social security on our affiliate income, even if we haven't touched the source in years. But surely the heirs are not going to have to declare this as earned income?

  9. Good Guy profile image81
    Good Guyposted 13 years ago

    I have asked a similar question some time back.  You can view the answers there:

    http://hubpages.com/question/55629/i-kn … u-may-like

  10. Dao Hoa profile image60
    Dao Hoaposted 13 years ago

    Thanks Keith Tax. Good idea! I'll look into it soon.

  11. profile image53
    theipadtesterposted 12 years ago

    Better take it into consideration while writing the will.You would do a great favour actually by doin that !!

  12. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    I would trust KeithTax's assessment BUT it is my understanding that many of the affiliate relationships you create are between YOU and the aff, officially it would be terminated upon your death. I would guess none would never know you had died and would continue paying - which just leaves you with the issue of whether the money is being sent to an active bank account and whether checks to you are still cashable.

    Based on that general assumption, I have started to create new agreements with my incorporated entity as the affiliate partner and have all proceeds being directed to a joint bank account for now (so funds will continue to be deposited upon my death) and have proper estate planning and such planned for the corporation.

    Some affiliates keep up to date w-2's , failure to give the info (after you die) would result in failure to receive payment even if it was piling up in your online account

    Im guessing, the services that ask for tax-ids - could possibly be notified that they are paying a dead person when they file taxes? - and then stop paying.

    I keep an encrypted database of all passwords and logins with secret questions, urls - etc. for my important partnerships, also a hard copy in a safe - between the two, I would hope my beneficiaries could keep earning from my efforts.

    hmmm... even your websites !- your domains could expire, so auto-renew should be enabled and the money should come out of an account that will exist after your death! Your hosts could go out of business or you could fail to renew (because your dead).. lots of details - i would have missed that one, if I hadnt responded here

    so many small steps could be skipped! VERY detailed instructions on how to manage your empire would have to be included in your will/estate planning

    (im totally skipping any legal or tax concepts because I wouldnt know w/o direct advisement and my main concern would be to keep the income perpetual and accessible )


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