The Everplans team regularly pushes out new product features, improvements and bug fixes.

At the end of each month, we highlight improvements we’ve made and bugs we’ve fixed. Take a look at the changes we made in January 2018.


Updates and Enhancements

  • Users will now see pending Deputies along with confirmed Deputies when viewing a section of their Everplan. Previously, only the confirmed Deputies were displayed.
  • There is now a confirmation message when a user successfully submits a payment.

Bugs Fixed

  • The Account Settings page was not displayed for some Deputies. 
  • There was a styling issue on the Sign Up page. 
  • The My Deputies page had layout issues on Internet Explorer browsers.
  • Dates were incorrectly ordered on the page where users see the viewing history of their Deputies.
  • For a brief period, Deputies who reported both Household members as deceased saw only one member as deceased. 
  • Some text on the payment page was incorrect for those purchasing a subscription after a trial membership had ended. 

Everplans Professionals

  • If an Everplanner has been reported as deceased, their individual account cannot be converted into a Household plan by adding another member.
  • For a brief period, firm members could not edit a draft user's Everplan.
  • When a firm chooses not to renew their license with Everplans, there was an issue converting client accounts to consumer users. This has been fixed.

Thank You

As always, a big thank you to all the Everplanners, Deputies, and Advisors out there who reported bugs and asked for enhancements. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Report issues and ask for new features here.

The Everplans team regularly pushes out new product features, improvements and bug fixes.

At the end of each month, we highlight improvements we’ve made and bugs we’ve fixed. Take a look at the changes we made in December 2017.


Updates and Enhancements

  • Updated the visual appearance and accessibility of form buttons.
  • Made the address book feature easier to use on mobile devices.

Bugs Fixed

  • Some users were unable to submit payment despite providing valid credit card credentials.
  • Some Everplanners could not share the “Miscellaneous” section of their Everplan. 
  • Some pages with form fields had alignment issues on iOS touch devices.

 

Thank You

As always, a big thank you to all the Everplanners, Deputies, and Advisors out there who reported bugs and asked for enhancements. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Report issues and ask for new features here.

2017 has been an amazing year for the company and we want to thank everyone for being a part of it.

 

As we look back on such an incredible year for Everplans we want to take a moment to celebrate some of the highlights:

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Everplans had over 7 million pageviews on our website, educating people from all over the world with our special blend of informative, interesting, and easy-to-digest articles, features, and checklists. (Check our favorite content from 2017 here.)

People put hundreds of thousands of pieces of information into their Everplans - helping family members sleep better at night all across the globe. Also, tens of thousands of people have created Everplans and gone above and beyond for their families.

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In order to fuel the staff to make all this possible, we (and by “we,” we mean “Bart and Taylor”) drank over 160 gallons of cold brew. (That’s coffee.)

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Our most frequent Tuesday team meeting snack was bagels.

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This was one of our favorite -- and probably least creepy -- snack pun photoshops (Note: The person responsible for the snack that week is honored with one of these works of art...whether they want it or not.)

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The winners of our company food challenges were Harris for Lasagna and Meatballs (which makes him an honorary Italian), Adam for Chili and Apple Pie (Abby won in 2016...she wants to make sure people know this) and Yoko for the most creative culinary concoctions we’ve never even heard of before. Recipes are in our Everplans. (You have to be a Deputy to see them.)

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We were featured in some amazing press including The New York Times, USA Today, Financial Advisor Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, and U.S. News & World Report.

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We’ve sent over 214,571 messages on Slack.

The growth of Everplans Professional continued to soar and we’re grateful for the hundreds of new partnerships that were formed during 2017. These new relationships include some of the nation’s largest financial services organizations.

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Our team grew to 30 people this past year, with 26 in our New York City office and 4 members in Lagos, Nigeria through our partnership with the wonderful Andela organization.

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It’s actually much more than 10, but if we put the real number in the headline you might have become too overwhelmed by all the goodness.

Where did 2017 go? Seriously, we’ve been looking all over for it (even under the couch.) In the meantime, why not check out all these interesting, informative, and downright entertaining features we crafted over the past 12 month.

1. JACKPOT!!!

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You Just Inherited $1 Million. Now What?

Before you run to the nearest Lamborghini dealership, read this article.

Related: How To Find Unclaimed Or Forgotten Money | 6 Things People Never Budget For | Rich People Who Aren't Leaving Their Fortunes To Their Kids

2. ALWAYS BE PREPARED

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All The Things You Should Consider Taking With You In An Emergency Evacuation

If you ever find yourself in the middle of an emergency evacuation, here are some essential and irreplaceable items you take with you. (Checklist Included!)

3. BE INSPIRED

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Resources To Start Or Complete Your Bucket List

You’ll never get to the top of Mt. Everest (or the top of the tall slide at the water park) if you don’t have a little organizational help.

Related: English Professor Hands Out 10 Life Lessons On The Last Day Of Class

4. AN EXPLOSIVE SENDOFF

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9 Creative Things To Do With Ashes

From outer space, to the sea, to diamonds, to becoming a tree...

Related: Unusual Wills, Burial Requests, And Final Wishes

5. YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE

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Types Of Insurance You Should Consider Buying Before It’s Too Late

You should definitely consider these often overlooked types of insurance sooner than later.

Related: Life Insurance Is Still Worthwhile For The Young, Single, And Healthy | Why You Need To Plan For Your Senior Years Right Now

6. MEDICAL MADNESS

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Are You A "Daughter From California" When Dealing With Family Medical Emergencies?

Symptoms includes showing up out of nowhere, meddling in medical treatments, and being a general nuisance to everyone.

Related: Spit Test Could Predict How Long You’ll Live | Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In America | Here’s How You’re Most Likely To Die

7. GET IT TOGETHER

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Declutter And Organize Your Life Using These Digital And Analog Tips

Time to purge.

8. THE BEST LAST WORDS

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10 Funny, Thoughtful, And Extremely Clever Obituaries

Who says obituaries have to be solemn affairs? It’s your legacy, have some fun with it like these people did.

The Everplans team regularly pushes out new product features, improvements and bug fixes.

At the end of each month, we highlight improvements we’ve made and bugs we’ve fixed. Take a look at the changes we made in November 2017.


Updates and Enhancements

  • Updated the screens for plan holders to add and manage Deputies. See this announcement for more details.
  • Added an instructional window that appears before starting the Just-In-Case Letter.

Bugs Fixed

  • Some users were not able to accept Deputy invites.
  • Deputies of some Households accounts with a pending member could not request their own Everplan from the Network Amplifier module.
  • Some fonts on Android devices were hard to read.
  • Similarly, we removed the extra light font weight from our site to improve readability.
  • Some Deputies were not receiving the 6-month reminder email to log in.
  • The Everplans logo appeared inverted on some screens on the IE11 web browser.

Everplans Professional

  • Everplans Professional users can now add customized disclaimer text to emailed client invitations. Please contact your account manager for more information, and to enable this feature.

Thank You

As always, a big thank you to all the Everplanners, Deputies, and Advisors out there who reported bugs and asked for enhancements. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Report issues and ask for new features here.

We're unveiling some updates to how you manage Deputies in Everplans.

Next time you go to the My Deputies page, you’ll notice a new look, faster performance, and a more streamlined user experience.

Here are some highlights of the changes:

  • Easily view Permissions and Status for each Deputy you have.
  • Update what your Deputy sees from the Manage Permissions window.
  • Add a new Deputy and preview exactly what your Deputy sees before sending an invitation.
  • Mobile optimization: All screens are mobile and touch optimized.

My Deputies

Manage Permissions

No need to worry if you haven't added a Deputy yet. It's a very easy process, which we walk you through (as you can see below):

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We’ll continue to add more control over how you share your Everplan in the future, and hope these changes make managing your Deputies easier than ever.  Please contact us for any feedback or questions.

Of course everyone said they’re thankful for working at Everplans, but that’s a total given. Here are some other things, too.

Abby is thankful for…

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My Everplans family, who made it possible for me to care for my newborn baby and build a company at the same time. And for our teammates at RGA -- our new strategic partners who have become like family. (Of course, I’m also always thankful for my family at home. And Dough Donuts.)

Adam is thankful for…

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The fact that he’s almost done with the crazy NYC process for applying to *public* middle schools and high schools. And I'm doubly thankful that my two girls are so great that they've created lots of terrific options to choose from.

Adebayo is thankful for…

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Getting married to the bride of his dreams. [Photo Source: Jide Oketonade Photography]

Atanda is thankful for…

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His amazing family.

Bart is thankful for...

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The office robot.

The Everplans team regularly pushes out new product features, improvements and bug fixes.

At the end of each month, we highlight improvements we’ve made and bugs we’ve fixed. Take a look at the changes we made in October 2017.


Updates and Enhancements

  • Visual design improvements on the Dashboard page. 
  • Added clearer instructions on how to confirm new backup email addresses and removed confusing messages. 

Bugs Fixed

  • Some users were being asked to provide credit card details despite having entered a valid coupon code with a 100% discount.
  • Some users were seeing incorrect language regarding their subscription after upgrading from a Deputy account to a full Everplan.
  • Deputies of some users were shown offers to upgrade despite having already upgraded.
  • A small percentage of Deputies were unable to confirm their accounts. This was due to incomplete profile information on their accounts.
  • Some users were receiving incorrect email notifications about Deputy activity.

Everplans Professional

  • Orion users will now see client leads generated in Everplans via Orion’s notification system.
  • Fixed: Some clients could not be imported from Redtail.
  • Fixed: Some clients were receiving incorrect notifications about their advisor editing their Everplan.

Thank You

As always, a big thank you to all the Everplanners, Deputies, and Advisors out there who reported bugs and asked for enhancements. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Report issues and ask for new features here.

 

Our Co-Founder and Co-CEO Abby Schneiderman's first article as a Forbes.com contributor addresses a topic that's extremely vital to the financial community: How can financial advisors cater to their next generation of clients?

The great multigenerational transfer of wealth is here, with $40 trillion in assets expected to change hands from baby boomers to Gen X and then millennials over the next 30 years. Financial advisors will need to cater to an entirely new generation of clients who grew up with a smart phone in hand and the ability to connect with service providers anytime, from anywhere, on their own terms.

To help navigate these uncertain waters, Abby offers some helpful tips such as:

Don’t hesitate to hold their hand, and do it digitally: Younger tech-savvy clients expect a different level of service than their parents may have received.

Update your online presence - and referral approach: When someone needs a medical specialist, an attorney, or a contractor, they almost always turn to friends, family, and colleagues.

Treat the whole family as the client: For those looking to bridge the generation gap it’s crucial to treat the whole family as a client, rather than dealing with couples or individuals.

Call a meeting: This is not the time to sell everyone on you and your firm. This is about starting a conversation among the immediate family with you as the moderator, voice of reason, and helpful ear.

Make it personal: It doesn't begin and end with financial accounts – think about how to get involved in other areas of your client’s life like their estate planning, health, and legacy.

Click here to read the full article on Forbes.com

It’s important to prepare for the unexpected. Whether it’s a flood, a fire, an illness, or something else, it’s never too soon to get a plan in place. In the business section of The New York Times, Paul Sullivan wrote about planning for the unforeseen and promiently featured Everplans as a resource to help make your plans a reality.

"Even thinking about an unexpected, life-changing event can be unsettling. But death or illness can happen at any time," the article begins. "Unfortunately, people do not plan for such events. And statistically, most younger people could go years without planning and not really worry. Of course, the unexpected does happen, and without proper planning, the consequences can be magnified."

To help remedy this problem, Sullivan included the following about Everplans:

It guides users through a list of documents and discussions that need to be considered: wills, insurance, a health care directive, passwords for email and social media accounts, funeral planning. But it also has sections for storing keepsakes like family recipes or for leaving instructions about pet care or how things work in the home.

“We want to help people think of the unexpected,” said Abby Schneiderman, co-founder and co-chief executive of Everplans. “It could be anything unexpected. Natural disaster, flood, fire, illness, a death — you don’t know. The idea is: Don’t wait until it’s too late.”

The service, which costs individuals $75 a year, prods users to do more. It offers a 10-minute “just in case” plan that asks people to put down as much information as they know from memory, Ms Schneiderman said.

“We want to be a one-stop shop, but we also try to get people to take it a piece at a time,” she said. For instance, the service sends out electronic reminders to prompt users to take one more step.

Read the full article here