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Best Of The Year: 15 Things We Covered In 2015 You Need To Read

Friday, December 18, 2015 • by Gene Newman

Finally, an end-of-year list that has nothing to do with Star Wars. (Not that Star Wars isn't great, but enough already.)

As we close out 2015, we wanted to take a look back on some of the stories and features we ran this past year that might bring knowledge to your brain, goosebumps to your skin, or a smile to your face.

1. Hunker Down

Supplies You Will Need In A Weather Emergency Or Power Outage

weather emergency and power outage checklist

A well-prepared home is a happy home, which is why we created this article and emergency preparedness checklist. Plus, we compiled a list of 8 things you should avoid buying (a.k.a. "Panic Purchases") because shopping before a big storm is like shopping when you’re hungry. Mistakes are often made.

2. Go Pro

2015 saw the launch of our Professional platform, which allows Financial Advisors, Estate Attorneys, and other pros to help their clients get a plan in place. We also created a bunch of great articles for pros and non-pros alike. Have a gander:

How Wealthy Families Go Broke

90 percent of wealthy families lose their wealth by the third generation. Here's why.

Not All Responsible People Have A Will. Some Are Just Lazy. Or Cheap.

You’d think that a person with a family, home, and investment portfolio would automatically have a Will. In reality, more than half don't.

Read more Everplans Professional articles here!

3. Whatcha Cooking?

The Best Ways to Save Family Recipes (And Why You Should Do This Today)

A touching and useful way to turn Grandma’s recipe cards into a lasting legacy for the whole family.

Related: How To Make Sure Your Legacy Lives On After You’re Gone | Read more Legacy articles here!

4. An Offer You Can’t Refuse

24 Valuable Life Lessons From The Godfather Saga

The Godfather is more than a movie. It’s a guide to life, offering endless lessons on how to handle every situation you may encounter.

Related: What If Movies Were Used To Solve All Our Health Care Concerns?

5. Video Stars

We’re really happy with how our “What Is Everplans?” video turned out. Plus, we got a lot of great coverage in 2015 from really outstanding outlets:

6. Last Request

The 10 Most Inspiring, Confusing, And Downright Amazing Last Requests

Going out with a bang, an “awww,” and a huh?

Related: Ethical Will Worksheet

7. Kids Today…

5 Reasons Millennials Should Start Planning Now

From exotic travels to cuddly animals, there’s plenty to prepare for.

Related: I’m About To Have Surgery: Pre-Surgery Cheat Sheet

8. We Got A Little Naughty

50 Shades Of Planning

The overwhelming success of 50 Shades of Grey, both the book and record-breaking movie, got us thinking: Perhaps we’ve been too passive in our planning approach. Now we’re giving you a chance to “whip” your plan into shape with these tips.

Related: A well-known site catering to adulterers was hacked in 2015, exposing the identity of thousands of men and women. (Though, to be honest, it was mostly men.) We’re not here to judge, only’s How To Close an Ashley Madison Account.

9. All In The Family

Don't Let Your Family Fight Like These Celebrity Heirs

It’s all too common to hear of a tragedy turning into something even uglier: an epic family feud.

Related: Why Planning Matters: Siblings Fight Over Estranged Brother's Secret Fortune

10. Obits & Pieces

A Man With The Same Name As Me Died And His Obituary Is Outstanding

It all started with a Google Alert...

Related: Is It OK To Express Anger Or Hatred In An Obituary Or Eulogy?

11. We Like Movies & TV...A Lot

How Identifying A Body In Real Life Is Nothing Like TV Or Movies

The lack of drama is definitely a good thing.

How 8 Popular TV Shows Confronted The Death Of An Actor

The show must go on, just keep some tissues handy.

Related: Movies That Make Insurance Agents Extremely Nervous | This Site Answers The Most Important Movie & TV Question: Does The Dog Die?

12. Fast Work

How To Complete The 3 Most Important Planning Docs When You Don't Have Time To Meet With An Estate Attorney

The biggest barrier to planning is often finding the time to get it done. Thanks to these three services, you’re now out of excuses.

13. Can We See Some ID?

Official Document & Personal ID Scavenger Hunt

Where do you keep your college diploma? What about your marriage license? Only one way to find out...

Related: Get Carded: How To Organize All Your IDs And Personal Information | Read more Personal Planning articles here!

14. Coping With Loss

Dealing With The Death Of A Co-Worker

Whether you were close, at odds, or barely acquainted with the deceased, grief can present itself in many different ways.

Related: Grief Support & Loss

15. Babies!

I Just Had A Baby: New Parents Checklist

Whether you just had a little bundle of joy or have young kids of any age, being a responsible parent isn't so hard when you know what to do.

Musical Bonus!

3 Songs About Regret That Make You Want To Hug Somebody

If you’re a parent, or remotely human, keep some tissues handy.

The Everplans Team wants to thank everyone for making 2015 a year to remember. Take care, have a great new year, and bring on 2016!