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How to let your children earn from your online articles after you have died

Updated on July 15, 2011

What's going to happen to the earnings you make from articles on ad revenue sharing sites?

I was thinking of asking a lawyer to help me draw up a will about the earnings from my articles on my own sites, as well as from those articles of mine on Adsense revenue sharing sites. I want my children to have that income, even if it's small, and even if I'm 100 years old when I die and they are already adults.

I already have a will, so I suppose I would have to discard that one and have a new will drawn up.

Then I got to thinking how difficult it might be. I would have to check through lots of information and terms and conditions on various sites, and may struggle to find out what to do if owners of various sites say that my account cannot be transferred - although I guess there are specific lawyers or financial consultants who might know about these issues, and who could help me, but that means finding the right person too.

I also receive my Adsense cheques in the mail, and don't know anything about how to speak to my bank about my children being allowed to put the cheques into their own accounts if they are made out to me.

If you are also wanting to do something like allow your children to earn from your efforts on the Internet, and are feeling confused about what to do, like I am, then I have a few suggestions. I'm probably going to do this:

What to do

I'm going to write a letter to my children, that must be kept in a safe place, or with my will.

If they are older than 18 when I die, they must either already have their own Adsense accounts, or must each get one.

They must have their own Blogger blogs (they do already), and I must include a list of the Adsense revenue sharing sites they can join if they want to.

I am hoping that they may even have their own WordPress blogs by then too.

  • The letter will tell them where to find all my articles, and will tell them how to log in to my accounts.
  • If they don't feel up to contacting the owners of the sites and asking what can be done about transferring my account (if anything), or they wait more than a week before they get a reply, the letter will give details on how to remove my articles from those sites, and republish them as either their own, or give credit to me, their mother, if they want to.
  • They can publish the articles on their own sites, or on accounts they've opened for themselves on Adsense revenue sharing sites.
  • They will use their own Adsense publisher ID's, and, although the articles may not be found immediately, they will eventually be found, and my boys can work on getting traffic to the pages that the articles are on.

It just seems like this method means much less fuss.

Disclaimer:  I'm not sure how legal my idea is, and I may find out more before actually writing a letter like I describe above.  I suggest you do the same, to avoid any possible legal issues. 


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    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks, yalenova :)

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      yalenova 7 years ago

      Very interesting think. Impressive

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      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks Angelique :)

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      I never gave that any thought. Great idea!

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      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks for the comment evolveasite, and for the tip.

      I'd like to stay the payee, until I die. Unless I know I'm going to die - then I guess I could change the payee details, if the various sites let me, before I die. Will look into it some more - thanks for the advice.

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      evolveasite 7 years ago from United States

      why don't you just change the payee information instead of transferring accounts and going through all that work. Also its nice effort you to think about giving your children some extra cash. Interesting hub

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks lis :)

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      that is an awesome idea. Just shows this is like an investment. Great mom to be thinking of your children already after you pass