Perhaps you already saw our 2014 Completely Responsible (Yet Still Very Fun) Holiday Gift Guide, which offered a bunch of options for what you should buy for your family, friends, and other gift-worthy people in your life. But what did the Everplans staff give each other?

We recently held our second annual “yankee swap." We’re still not 100-percent solid on all the rules and regulations, but it’s like a Secret Santa -- except you can steal other people’s gifts. Or something. Rather than give you a play-by-play of who ended up with what, let’s just say it was a lot of fun. Here’s a rundown of all the awesome $25-and-under presents along with the person who bought it.

We're pleased to announce we've been selected to join the highly competitive Aging2.0 Academy program. The only program of its kind in the world, the Academy is designed to connect, support and accelerate the top startups in aging and long-term care. The yearlong program commences November 20, 2014 in San Francisco.

The full press release is after the jump.

Our Co-Founder Abby Schneiderman was gloriously profiled by The Huffington Post. In the interview she talks about what it's like being a woman in the tech industry, balancing family and running a business, and why Everplans is the greatest thing in the world.

Okay, perhaps we're being biased about that last part, but she said such nice things about us we couldn't help but return the favor. Here's a choice selection:

Everplans is a website that helps people become heroes to their families. I'm really proud of what we have accomplished so far. We have an incredible team of people with a lot of experience and expertise working together to create Everplans. We're actually trying to do something that no one has done before. Though many companies exist to help with bits and pieces of this planning (online legal forms companies, financial services, healthcare companies, etc), no one has knit the whole thing together. Why not? They come at it from their business perspective and haven't thought about it from a 'whole life' perspective...A major highlight, has been launching our product into the marketplace and hearing from our users on a daily basis thanking us for building Everplans.

Head on over to The Huffington Post to read the full story.


Attention California residents: It's time to discard your old Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and start using the new one, which went into effect on October 1, 2014.

For those unfamiliar with a POLST, think of it as a more customized DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) for people with advanced illnesses. While you can obtain a copy of the form here or in our State-By-State POLST Forms section, for it to be official you must fill it out with a doctor.

According to the official site, here are the main changes to the form:

--In order to be consistent with Section A, treatment choices for Sections B and C have been switched in their order, and each section begins with the most aggressive and invasive treatment choices.

--In Section B, the choice of “Limited Additional Interventions” has been renamed to “Selective Treatment,” and the choice of “Comfort Measures Only” has been renamed to “Comfort-Focused Treatment.”

--Goal statements have been added for each treatment choice in Section B. These descriptions help patients understand the goals of care within each option, and aim to promote quality conversations with a patient and/or legally recognized decisionmaker. The goal statements are as follows:

  • Full Treatment – primary goal of prolonging life by all medically effective means.
  • Selective Treatment – goal of treating medical conditions while avoiding burdensome measures.
  • Comfort-Focused Treatment – primary goal of maximizing comfort.

--In Section B, the Full Treatment option features a box which can be marked to indicate: “Trial Period of Full Treatment.” This option is beneficial for patients who want to try short-term ventilatory support but do not want prolonged life support.

--“Address” was clarified and now reads as “Mailing Address.”

--The new “Office Use Only” box is in place for internal use only.


Big thanks to Lifehacker for covering our How To Close Digital Accounts And Services When Someone Dies feature:

We all have tons of digital accounts—email, social media, shopping, cable services, and so on. If you ever need to close one of these accounts—for yourself or, perhaps, a loved one who has passed away, Everplans offers a comprehensive guide to doing so.

For those interested in this topic we have some good news: We plan on adding a lot more online accounts and services to the already massive list in the near future so stay tuned.

Via Lifehacker

Everplans' Co-Founder Abby Schneiderman was featured prominently in a recent report called "Aging: A Family Affair," which aired on ABC network affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis. The story takes an in-depth look at the state of aging today and the resources available for families. You can enjoy the entire segment below or skip to the 9:40 mark to see Abby offer up some Everplans enlightenment.


As we celebrate our fathers, a new Everplans study reports that end-of-life planning is at the top of their responsibilities list. Other top findings include:

  • As fathers age, responsibilities shift with fathers taking on end of life planning tasks as they get older and younger fathers taking on less traditional male responsibilities
  • Most fathers believe they will leave loved ones at best searching for or worse losing needed beneficiary documents
  • Lack of end of life planning, especially among younger fathers, can result in major losses to loved ones and tremendous gains for government trustees who hold $41 billion in unclaimed assets*

Full PRNewswire Release:

NEW YORK (June 13, 2014)  -- As families celebrate Father's Day, leading lifespan planner, commissioned consumer market researcher Harris Poll to field an inaugural "A Father's Responsibility?" survey of more than 2,000 U.S. households to reveal prevailing responsibilities and expectations of fatherhood. The findings from the survey, conducted online in June 2014, show that end of life planning is one of the most important responsibilities for married men (young and old) to take on. The survey also found that the responsibilities assumed by married men tend to change over time. While fathers tend to take on more traditionally female-oriented responsibilities when they're younger, they assume end of life planning as they get older. Still, the findings show that while fathers consider end of life planning one of their top responsibilities, they do not believe that they do it "very well," which may create a potentially catastrophic financial situation for the families.

End-Of-Life Planning Is A Top Priority For Married Men

Overall, the findings show that married men consider end of life planning (and long term financial planning) to be in the top three of their "responsibilities" list whereas married women tend to claim more conventional motherly duties such as cleaning the home, caring for children, and social planning. Paying bills, however, breaks into the top 5 of married women's named responsibilities.

Top 5 Responsibilities (Married Men vs Married Women)

Responsibilities Change Over Time

These responsibilities change significantly as they get older.  Younger fathers (under 44 yrs old) take on more of the traditionally female responsibilities and older fathers (aged 55+) take on more of what is considered to be socially taboo responsibilities – death and money.

Responsibilities (Younger Fathers vs Older Fathers)

Only 1 In 3 Fathers Believe They Do End-Of-Life Planning 'Very Well'

Contrasting what fathers claim as their responsibility with what they claim to do very well, fathers are very comfortable with their skills in most areas. However, only 1 in 3 fathers believe they do end of life planning 'very well.'

Responsibilities And Perceived Performance

Commenting on the survey, Abby Schneiderman, Co-Founder at, said:  "On Father's Day, we celebrate all the significant contributions that fathers have made in each of our lives. They take on so many responsibilities and seem to be doing them as best as they can. Our inaugural study conducted by Harris Poll shows that end of life planning is an area where they are not confident and may need help. We commend fathers (and mothers) for taking on this difficult responsibility but, without the proper provisions in place, they unintentionally create the risk of leaving a mess behind for families."

Lack Of End-Of-Life Planning Can Result In Major Loss

While most fathers saw themselves as being responsible for end of life planning, they believed that they will leave loved ones at best searching for or worse, losing needed beneficiary documents. According to the findings, less than one-third of fathers said that their family knew exactly where their plans/documents are.

Lack of communication with other family members by fathers risk losing valuable assets that are left in unclaimed bank accounts, safe deposit boxes and pensions. In fact, the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) recently found that the U.S. government is currently holding over $41 billion in unclaimed assets. In addition, more than $300 million in pension benefits are owed to over 38,000 people (according to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp) and 1 in 600 people may be owed life insurance money (according to Consumer Reports).

"Fathers and mothers, especially Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation, owe it to their families to adequately plan for end-of-life situations," said James Firman, National Council on Aging President and CEO. "It is important to make sure that their wishes and preferences are clear, and that their important documents can be easily located, so that their families and loved ones can be fully prepared."


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of from June 4-6, 2014 among 2,036 adults ages 18 and older, of which 539 are fathers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact William Charnock, Chief Marketing Officer at at or 646-658-3665.

About Everplans

Everplans helps you complete, organize and securely share your legal, financial and health planning in one place so the important people in your life will have easy access when they most need it. The company was founded by Adam Seifer and Abby Schneiderman, entrepreneurs with a passion for helping people and a proven track record of creating successful online communities. For more information, please visit

(Via PRNewswire)

Dear Mr. Martin,

Now that another exhilarating season of Game of Thrones is wrapping up, we are all turning our attention to the calendar. Not for next season yet, but September 20th, your 66th birthday. If you had the life expectancy of your characters, you’d be long gone by now. That worries us.

We all love your lengthy and well-written spoilers for the hit HBO show. However, we fear that either HBO or the Many-Faced God will catch up to you before you can finish killing off the remaining characters. Please don’t leave us behind, George. Valar morghulis (translation: "All men must die"), so please get a plan in place. We can't rely on Beric Dondarrion to resurrect you because you already killed him off.

Let us help you out. We are offering you a lifetime subscription to the our Everplans platform for free. We have secure file upload that's fully encrypted, so you can upload your Wordstar manuscripts. You can then deputize as many people as you like who will be authorized to view your documents should you die before finishing the next books. Might we suggest David Benioff? Don’t worry, you can control what they can and cannot see in your plan. We’ll help you every step of the way with dedicated live chat support, email support, and support by raven (availability limited to Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms).

You see, George, we really need to know what becomes of Tyrion. We crave resolution for Arya... or Jeyne. And we must know, does R+L equal J? Do Daenerys and her dragon Drogon defeat the Dothraki? Please, plan ahead and make sure that we are not left running around like a Stark with its head cut off.

You may contact us at to claim your free lifetime of Everplans.


The Everplans Team

The Royal Seal of House Everplans

This missive was sent by raven and is intended only for the recipient noted above. If you happen to find it tied to a dead raven, please tie it to a live raven and send it along on its journey. All other unauthorized viewing of this missive is punishable by beheading, exile, or an evening with Ramsay Bolton. If the official seal of House Everplans on this message is broken then the offer still stands, we'll just be a bit bummed out.

Our Co-founder Abby Schneiderman went on Bloomberg TV's "Market Makers" to discuss how people can take control of their assets online and prepare for death in the digital age. Click the photo above to watch the video on

An article about Everplans is currently feature in the May, 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin. Titled "Online Help to Plan Your Exit Strategy," the monthly magazine does a great job informing their millions of members about our new way of getting a plan in place. Here's the full, glorious page: