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
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:
90 percent of wealthy families lose their wealth by the third generation. Here's why.
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.
3. Whatcha Cooking?
A touching and useful way to turn Grandma’s recipe cards into a lasting legacy for the whole family.
4. An Offer You Can’t Refuse
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.
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:
- Yahoo! Finance: 10 Essential Tech Tools for Older Adults
- CNBC: Is a digital last will and testament right for you?
- Kiplinger’s Retirement Report: Whiz 'Kids' Fill Need In Senior Market
- The Today Show: Start-up links web talent in Africa and US
- Investment News: Advisers can use the web to facilitate after death-planning talks with clients
- Refinery29: The Critical Decision You Haven't Made — But Should
- Mint: Expert Interview with Abby Schneiderman on End-of-Life Planning
- U.S. News & World Report: Ways to Protect Your Online Accounts After Death
- The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required): The Best Online Tools for Retirement Planning and Living
6. Last Request
Going out with a bang, an “awww,” and a huh?
Related: Ethical Will Worksheet
7. Kids Today…
From exotic travels to cuddly animals, there’s plenty to prepare for.
8. We Got A Little Naughty
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 help...so...here’s How To Close an Ashley Madison Account.
9. All In The Family
It’s all too common to hear of a tragedy turning into something even uglier: an epic family feud.
10. Obits & Pieces
It all started with a Google Alert...
11. We Like Movies & TV...A Lot
The lack of drama is definitely a good thing.
The show must go on, just keep some tissues handy.
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?
Where do you keep your college diploma? What about your marriage license? Only one way to find out...
14. Coping With Loss
Whether you were close, at odds, or barely acquainted with the deceased, grief can present itself in many different ways.
Related: Grief Support & Loss
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.
If you’re a parent, or remotely human, keep some tissues handy.