Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Websites geared towards helping people with end-of-life planning and document storage are on the rise. Here’s a look at three of the main ones:
- Everplans: After taking a short assessment, this site creates a to-do checklist and tells you how to prioritize. Once you’re done with the checklist, your account serves as a repository for legal documents and other important information. Specific “deputies” you assign can then find everything neatly in one place.
- Principled Heart: This site focuses on providing a safe place for passwords or instructions on how to find passwords. There are sections for instructions on caring for pets, last letters of instruction, contact lists, and places to upload up to 60 documents.
- Aftersteps: This site begins by asking you to name three people to be notified after your death. These “verifiers” will then receive a list of people to contact as well as access to stored information. You can also store photos, passwords, instructions for digital accounts, and wishes for your funeral arrangement.
See Tara Siegel Bernard, Navigating the Logistics of Death Ahead of Time, The New York Times, March 28, 2014.
Special thanks to Matthew Bogin and Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.