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April 11, 2014

Tips for making dealing with death's details easier

The saying goes that there’s nothing certain except death and taxes. There’s probably nothing we can do about the taxes, but when it comes to death, you can make things easier on those left behind when it’s your time to go.

A company called Everplans (https://www.everplans.com/) has articles and tools to help families avoid as much stress as possible by outlining steps that can be taken to insure that everything needed is in place. For example, what documents you need to have, how to plan a funeral, getting a will written, naming a power of attorney, insurance coverage, where your family can find your documents, etc. There’s also a way for you to create your own “Everplan” online so your family can find all your information in one place should something happen to you.

As Everplans says, “Who depends on you? If something happened, what would they do without you? Could they find your will? Turn off your cable? Know how you’d like to be remembered?”

On the site, even if you don’t join as a member and create a plan, there are excellent articles on what to do after a death, what you need to know about advance directives, what you need to know before giving someone your power of attorney, what you need to do to make a will and more. For example, regarding wills, know that writing your wishes on a napkin isn’t enough! To be effective, a will should be witnessed by two people, and notarized (which you can do at a bank, post office or government office). However, having a will is useless if no one knows you have it. That’s where a company like Everplans saw a need. It says that an Everplan contains everything the people important to you will need should something happen to you.

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