February 14, 2013

Everplans – Make Smarter End-of-Life Decisions


Coming up with an end-of-life plan is one of the greatest gifts a person can give his or her family, since documents like wills, trusts, and advanced healthcare directives can help alleviate infighting and disagreements over what will happen should a loved one becomes incapacitated in any way. Everplans is a tool that people can use let their families know how they want their financial and legal matters to be handled after they pass away.

Get started with Everplans by selecting a “path” based on where you’re at in your life. Select “Long before a death” to work out the financial and legal matters that may come up as you age, “Eldercare & end-of-life” to make your final arrangements, “After a death” to find out how to proceed after a loved one has passed, or “Be there for someone” to get advice on how to support a grieving relative or friend. Everplans offers detailed articles and checklists meant to guide you through the steps involved based on the path you’ve chosen. Articles are easy to follow, and many offer step-by-step advice on how to handle particularly delicate matters like creating an obituary or comforting a grieving widow.

Among the features that Everplans has yet to release is a Funeral Update tool, which people will eventually be able to use to give friends and family members details about upcoming funerals, wakes, shivas, and other memorial events without relying on invasive phone calls or email chains.

Practical Uses:

  • Get information on how to create a will
  • Find out how to comfort a loved one who’s grieving
  • Write a death notice based on Everplans’ step-by-step advice
  • Create an advanced healthcare directive

Insider Tips:

  • People don’t have to sign-up to use Everplans
  • Readers can submit their own resources or information to Everplans through the Contact page
  • Read the “Featured Article” for each step for expert advice

What we liked:

  • Everplans offers logistical information about death, as well as emotional information
  • The web-app offers a step-by-step guide to handling many delicate issues
  • Anyone can use Everplans’ checklists
  • Everplan offers links to resources where people can get more information

What we didn’t like:

  • Everplans doesn’t offer any DIY tools for creating end-of-life documents like wills or healthcare directives


Company Info:

  • Launched: November 2012 (Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Founded by: Adam Seifer, Abby Schneiderman, and Sarah Whitman-Salkin
  • Web site:


  • Free

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