It took us an entire year to put this list together. You can read it in around 10 minutes*. (*Longer if you click all the links and read the great stories. Less if you only look at the pictures.)
Oh, 2016, you were a wild one. There were surprises: The Cubs actually won the World Series! There was loss: Each week seemed to bring the passing of another prominent figure. There were bitter divisions among allies: Batman fought Superman; Captain America fought Iron Man. (You didn’t think we were talking about the election? Everplans is a politics-free zone.) There were also these articles, features, and lists crafted by our staff to inform, educated, and hopefully inspire or amuse you with stories about life, legacy, and everything in-between.
1. Dollar Dollar Bill Ya’ll
Anyone who hit the jackpot or came into a lot of cash in 2016 will find this very usefull. Anyone planning on hitting the jackpot in 2017 should be prepared.
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2. To Those We Lost
2016 was basically an endless in memoriam for high profile deaths. Here we touch on a number of those we lost and how careful planning helped soften the impact for fans and family alike.
3. Digital Doings
This could happen to you if you don’t share passwords or access codes with the people you love and trust.
4. Family Matters
Don't leave your kids headaches instead of property.
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5. Ashes To Ashes...
You could have a traditional funeral...or you could be devoured by wild birds or crushed into fancy beads.
6. Memory Boost
We can’t expect our brains to do all the work, now can we?
7. Doctor, Doctor. Gimme The News
Do you smell that? No? We might have some bad news for you then…
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8. So Refreshing
If you’ve experienced any of the following things, you need to update your estate plan right now.
For most people, it’s not just a dog, cat, or other domesticated animal. They just lost a part of the family.
10. Odds & Ends (And Odd Ends)
These people used their obituaries as political statements.
No matter what time of year, this is the ideal way to get a plan in place in under a month. Now, bring on 2017!