You could have read this stuff throughout the entire year. Or you could have waited until this very moment to see it all in one place. Either way, well played.


2018, we hardly knew ya. Seriously, why are the years moving so fast? Let’s slow things down a bit and take a look back at a year we can’t believe is already over.

Feeling Social

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The Unwritten Rules About Dealing With Death On Social Media

Since the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, social media has become a big component in how we grieve. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for posts about a person’s death to skew performative or crass. So what’s permissible and what’s unacceptable about mourning in the digital age?

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Is There A Lawyer In The House?

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3 Simple Questions You Should Ask An Estate Attorney (And We Have The Answers)

Find out what you need…before you need it.

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Live Forever...Or For As Long As Possible

Tips On Living To 100 From Centenarians Around The World

Everything from bananas to bacon, here are some foods, activities, and states of mind that can keep you alive for longer than a century.

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For Those Who Are Fine With Ignoring The Whole “Live Forever” Concept

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Make Sure You Have A Will Before Eating One Of These Extremely Unhealthy Meals

We value honesty, like how all these meals are very clear in the fact that they’re trying to kill you.

Related: Weirdest Medical Codes Being Used By Doctors And Hospitals

Everplans On Forbes

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When A Horrible National Or Local Tragedy Affects Your Life, It Becomes Part Of Your Legacy

Here are the reasons we should write down and document these traumatic experiences, even if they surface emotions we’d rather bury.

Related: Good Estate Planning Can Save So Much Hassle, And Sad Celebrity Stories Are Proof

You’re Not Alone

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Resources For People Completely On Their Own During A Desperate Time Of Need

Even if you think you have no support system, you should never have to go it alone.

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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 2018.


Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed: some household members were unable to send invitations to Deputies.
  • Fixed: some household members were unable to renew their subscriptions. 

Everplans Professionals

  • Fixed: Assistants who tried to delete their accounts were encountering errors
  • Fixed: Redtail advisors were not able to link Redtail users to draft or pending client seats.

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.

Family, french fries, and pets are a given. Here are the other things (some of which are family and pets...but no fries).


Abby is thankful for…

An incredible pizza place that just opened in her neighborhood (Mama’s Too!).

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More important than pizza (if that's even possible), she's also thankful how her oldest daughter became the best big sister in the world, her husband's constant support during a crazy year, and her super caring (and fun!) parents.

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Adam is thankful for…

hex key set

Surviving starting (two) new schools, moving apartments, and changing babysitters without any fisticuffs. He’s also thankful for the hex key wrench set he unexpectedly found in his toolbox that allowed him to fix 14 loose door handles, 8 loose faucet knobs, 4 loose towel holders, 2 loose toilet paper holders, and a wobbly dining room table leg in about 10 minutes.

Atanda is thankful for…

love birds

All the people trumping hate with love.

Bart is thankful for…

barts fave podcasts

The following podcasts: The Flop House, Trump, Inc., The Worst Idea of All Time, Unspooled, Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc., Serial, and The Dream

Bernard is thankful for…

bobo and the fuss

Contributing to a Kickstarter campaign that got a book published aka, Bobo and the Fuss, which is Ammon Brown’s adorable foray into kid-lit. (Note: Ammon worked at Everplans for a while and his puns are still that of legend.)

Dina is thankful for…

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Being given another year to watch Jackson smile, and “watch him make us smile.” It was a rough one, but hoping for a better 2019.

Gene is thankful for…

philadelphia eagles

E.A.G.L.E.S. EAGLES! You know, being World Champions and all. (Never thought he’d get to say that in his lifetime.) [Photo Credit: Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com]

Harris is thankful for…

harris and sammy

His family and the unconditional love from his nephew Sammy, pictured here.

Jamie is thankful for…

Free meditation videos on Youtube, like this one from The Mindful Movement above. She used them nearly every day to stay calm, focused, and grounded through a year of big, gutsy changes.

Jordan is thankful for…

crispy pilsners

Crispy pilsners [Photo Credit: Antonio Nardelli / Shutterstock.com]

Kayode is thankful for…

His life, family, and friends. He's also thankful for every of the achievements that 2018 has brought to his life.

Matt is thankful for…

wedding proposal

His wonderful fiance. Yep, he got engaged! (Note: The photo above is a stock image, but this is how we like to picture Matt’s proposal. And if he had luxurious blonde hair.)

Peter is thankful for…

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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 September 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • We’ve added Everplans’ Guides to Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives for users who have not added them to their Everplans.
  • Added links to create Wills and Powers of Attorney online.
  • State-specific Advance Directive forms can be downloaded directly from Dashboard. 
  • You can now download a PDF of an Everplan by clicking the download icon on the dashboard
  • We’ve streamlined the emails which are sent to new deputies.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed: We fixed some visual design problems on the My Deputies page.
  • Fixed: Some users were unable to download their state’s Advance Directive form.

Everplans Professionals

  • Fixed: Advisors did not see both members of a household while editing a household Everplan.
  • Fixed: Assistants can download client usage report .csv files.

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 June 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • For security purposes, we have started checking for viruses on files which users upload to their Everplans. If a virus is detected on an uploaded file, the user will be notified that the file is not permitted, with details on which virus was found.
  • We’ve made signing up for an Everplan a bit easier by allowing more flexibility in how users can confirm their email addresses.
  • For users whose subscriptions have expired, we’ve made it easier and more intuitive to reactivate a subscription.

Bugs Fixed

  • Billing information was not updated correctly for some users who had updated their credit card numbers on file.
  • Some users encountered an error when trying to sign up for Everplans using an email address that had already been used to create an account. 

Everplans Professionals

  • Fixed: During account activation, some invited clients were not able to continue after updating the email address they wanted to use as their Everplans login.

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 July 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • We added better date validation throughout the app. 
  • We made some ease-of-use improvements in Account Settings for managing suggestions users have dismissed.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed: Some users could not delete their accounts. 
  • Fixed: Some users were unable get their account confirmation emails or activate their advisor-provided accounts. 
  • Fixed: Leading and trailing whitespaces in some fields resulted in errors. 

Everplans Professionals

  • Fixed: Some firms' logos did not fit properly on the PDF version of clients’ Everplans. 

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 August 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • We’ve added a “Birth Certificate” section under About Me: Vital Documentation.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed: Some users were unable to add a backup email. 
  • Fixed: An animated graphic that indicated a page was still loading was not working in some browsers.

Everplans Professionals

  • We made a series of updates to our Redtail integration:
    • Within Redtail, firm assistants can now view recent Everplans activity by clients.
    • We’ve simplified the way financial accounts are imported from Redtail to Everplans. Now, each unique account in Redtail will generate a unique account in Everplans.
    • If your firm has created custom account types in Redtail, they will be imported and displayed correctly in Everplans.
  • Fixed: Some clients inadvertently received a request from their advisors for permission to edit their Everplan. (No permissions were given in these instances.) 

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 May 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • We added a way for you to keep parts of your Everplan private until you’re gone. See here to learn how Sharing After Death works.
  • We’ve made the signup process easier and more intuitive for people signing up with coupons.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed incorrect copy that appears when Everplanner tried to share an individual item from their Everplan.
  • Some owners of Household Everplans were seeing incorrect subscription statuses in their account settings.
  • Some Deputies were seeing incorrect information about who last updated the Everplan when they downloaded someone’s Everplan as PDF.  
  • Some customers on Windows using Internet Explorer were unable to purchase a subscription.
  • Customers who purchased a subscription from an expired account were erroneously put into a trial period.

Everplans Professionals

  • Fixed: Last login date for clients was showing inconsistent dates.

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.

Here’s a feature we know is important to many of you (though not something any of us like to think about) -- sharing information only after you’ve passed away.

Since launching Everplans, many of you have requested the ability to reveal information in your Everplan only after you’ve passed away. Our new Sharing After Death feature lets you do exactly that: decide which sections of your Everplan you want to share with each Deputy now, and which sections should only be shared after you’re gone.

How Sharing After Death Works

When you add a new Deputy (or change an existing Deputy’s permissions) we’ll ask you to choose which sections of your plan you want to share now, and which sections should only be shared after your death.

Any sections that you’ve chosen to keep private until after your death will remain locked from your Deputy’s view.

For details of this new feature, see our Walkthrough Video

How “After Death” Sections Get Unlocked

In order for your “After Death” sections to be unlocked, you must give one of your Deputies the responsibility and permission to report your death to Everplans.

After reporting your death, the Deputy must wait while Everplans attempts to contact you via email with the opportunity to block the unlocking. You can choose a wait time for your unlockers of up to 30 days.

If we do not hear back from you and the wait time expires, you are marked as deceased in our database, and your “After Death” sections are unlocked for all your Deputies.

For details of this new feature, see our Walkthrough Video

Who Should I Consider For My Unlocker(s)?

Sharing After Death works on the basis of trust. Your unlockers should be individuals you trust and understand your wishes. They should be in good health and be able to take on this responsibility when the time comes. If you are working with a professional, such as a trusted advisor or attorney, you might consider asking them to be your unlocker.

Sections you might want to hide vs. sections you want to keep sharing.

The Sharing After Death feature was built based on the feedback we heard from you. Many of you expressed wishes to hide some of the more sensitive pieces of your Everplans, such as financial details, wills, letters to your friends and family, and passwords to your online accounts.

On the other hand, there are certain pieces of information we suggest you keep sharing with your Deputies. For example, your loved ones will need access to your Health & Medical information such as an Advance Directive and Health Care Proxy. They will also need immediate access to your Funeral Preferences when the time comes. Please keep these situations in mind as you use the Sharing After Death feature.


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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 April 2018.


Enhancements and Upgrades

  • To prevent individuals from accidentally sharing parts of their Everplan they don’t mean to, we are now defaulting all sections to “not share” when a new Deputy is added.
  • We’ve made our notifications inside the application easier to read.
  • We did work to ensure that Deputy permissions are reset when two individual Everplans are merged to create a Household Everplan.

Bugs Fixed

  • There was an issue that prevented people using Firefox on an Android device from completing sign-up.
  • Users who had applied a 100% off coupon could not add a credit card at a later date.
  • Some users were briefly unable to reset their passwords. This has been fixed.
  • We corrected a grammatical error that appeared for users whose last name ends with the letter s.
  • Some Household Everplanners were not seeing their Deputies after their Household was split.

Everplans Professionals

  • We fixed a handful of technical issues around how advisors manage, create, and split Household Everplans.
  • For security purposes, Household members can no longer use the email address of their co-administrator as a backup email address for their own login.

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.