We're excited to launch our New User Wizard that helps you get going on your Everplan right away after signing up.

The Wizard starts by walking you through getting your first important piece of information into your plan and then it shows you how to get your plan shared with someone you trust.

We're hoping it will be a great way to help build some momentum for new users - we want everyone to experience that great feeling you get when you know you've given someone in your family access to your wishes and plans.
 

On October 5, 2015 California Govenor Jerry Brown signed Bill ABx2 15 titled "End of Life Option Act" into law, which gives terminally ill patients the option to end their own life. One of the key points:

An adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined, to make a request for a drug prescribed pursuant to these provisions for the purpose of ending his or her life.

The Bill takes measures to shield those involved from civil or criminal liability "solely because the person was present when the qualified individual self-administered the drug, or the person assisted the qualified individual by preparing the aid-in-dying drug so long as the person did not assist with the ingestion of the drug."

In the September, 2015 Kiplinger's Retirement Report, Everplans received mention in an article entitled "Young Entrepreneurs Fill Need in Senior Market."

The best intentions don't always translate into action when it comes to end-of-life planning according to research released today by Everplans.

We conducted two independent studies throughout the course of June 2014 using Harris Poll and market research firm Ask Your Target Market to learn as much as we could about people's views towards getting a plan in place for themselves and their families. In total, 2,500 people were surveyed. The research suggests the biggest barrier to action isn’t consumer awareness of the importance of these plans, but rather, the lack of access to a simple, easy way to put all these plans in place. Everplans, which is the leading online service that gives financial professionals the tools they need to help their clients organize, store, and securely share all their legal, financial, healthcare, personal, and digital estate planning, is working to change that.

Financial advisors, insurance agents, estate planning attorneys and CPAs have a new tool to share with their clients. Today we announced the launch of Everplans Professional, which gives financial professionals the additional tools they need to help their clients organize, store and share all their legal, financial, healthcare, personal and digital information – all in one, convenient place.

Advisors also have access to a personalized dashboard to track the progress and completion of their client's Everplan.

everplans professional dashboard

Here's the full release with all the details:

Everplans just became even more secure.

The security standard sweeping the Internet is now part of Everplans.

What is it?

It’s a two-step process to make sure your Everplan is always secure.

Why is it important?

Most people use the same password for multiple sites. Let’s say a hacker obtains your Amazon password. If you use that same password for other popular sites like Google, Facebook, or Dropbox, that hacker now has the proverbial keys to the kingdom.

Once you enable two-step verification (a.k.a. two-factor authentication), when someone tries to access your account from an unfamiliar device (phone, tablet, computer), there’s a safety measure in place to thwart the attack.

How do I set it up?

Everplans has gotten an overhaul!

Our entire team has been holed up in an undisclosed location researching, refining, and building an entirely new Everplans experience for our users. We listened carefully to hundreds of customers who offered us brilliant feedback and incorporated many of those suggestions into the new Everplan. We think you’ll like what you see. But don't believe us. Just believe your own eyes.

When you log in you'll see quite a few changes. We've created new sections, renamed others, and moved things around to make it a better experience. Of the dozens of enhancements, here are 10 of the biggest ones we want to point out:

Bringing the topic of Advance Directives, Living Wills, and Health Care Proxies to a younger generation.

The popular and stylish Refinery29 wrote an insightful and compelling article on why everyone needs a Living Will (a.k.a. Advance Directive), which was aptly titled "The Critical Decision You Haven't Made — But Should."

And we're not just gushing over this because Everplans was mentioned in the article. Seriously! We're excited when anyone writes or speaks about the importance of this document. (You can download yours here: State-By-State Advance Directive Forms.) Refinery29 cites a number of statistics (example: "82% of people think it’s 'important' to record their [medical] wishes in writing, but only 23% have done so") and explains how an Advance Directive details the treatments you either want or don't want when you're unable to communicate your decisions due to a serious illness or injury.

refinery29 graphic regarding living wills

Here's a highlight of their interview with our co-founder Abby Schneiderman about the issue:

While planning her wedding in 2010, Schneiderman began to wonder whether there were similar services available to people preparing for a different milestone: death. Today, Everplans’ vast library of articles addresses questions from what to wear to a funeral to how to write a living will. As Schneiderman describes, “We created a platform that helps people create and store and share all of the important information that their family needs in case something happens to them — wills, life insurance policies, healthcare proxies, advance directives, even burial wishes and online accounts.”

Read the rest of this compelling article on Refinery29.

OK, the term crash is a bit of an overstatement...

We were invited to attend but we like to dramatize our headlines. Everplans brought a spark to the NFP conference in Orlando this week, handing out phone chargers and chatting up some of the best advisors from across the country.

Everplans has been Minted.

Our co-founder Abby Schneiderman was recently interviewed by the personal financial management service Mint.com regarding end-of-life planning. Here are some highlights:

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing individuals making end-of-life plans?

For so many people, this can be an overwhelming process, so we see the biggest challenge is quite simply just finding a place to start. As such, Everplans offers so many different entry points.

Why do you think many of us avoid making these plans?

People avoid planning because it's often perceived as either too complicated or depressing. We're here to debunk both of those myths.

What's the fallout of not having plans in place?

What many people don't realize is that if you don't plan or share any of your decisions, then there actually is a plan in place for you. But rather than it reflecting your personal wishes, all the decisions will be by default by strangers - namely, doctors, courts and the government.

What do you think are the most common oversights we make in end-of-life planning?

The most common oversight is believing you have everything completely under control because you completed a few planning components...What you don't realize is how much you may be forgetting.

Mint also asked Abby about the minimum amount of planning everyone should do, when you should enlist the help of a professional, how often plans should be updated, and her favorite resources (apart from Everplans of course) for managing end-of-life-related decisions.

Head over to Mint.com and read the full interview. While you're there you might also want to set up an account since it's an easy and effective way to manage all your finanical information in one place. And we're not just saying this because they ran this exceptionally informative interview about us. It's a really useful digital tool, and the app is cool too.