A common problem we hear about when a loved one has passed away is the surviving family struggling to locate all of the important documents and information about the deceased. This includes wills, life insurance, health information, passwords, financial information, and funeral wishes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of this information in one place? Even better, wouldn’t it be nice if this information were neatly organized, searchable, and readily available from any location by those who need to see it? This is all possible with a free or very low cost online service called Ever Plans ($75/year for their premium service).
All too often, surviving family and beneficiaries are unaware of insurance policies and other important information. According to a 2013 CNN report, unclaimed life insurance payouts topped $1 billion. The average unclaimed benefit was $2,000, but some were as high as $300,000. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100431855) This common problem adds an unnecessary burden to the surviving family, and can diminish the legacy of the deceased.
At Bella Vida Funeral Home we encourage our patrons to setup a free or low-cost ($75/year) Ever Plans account by visiting http://www.everplans.com. This safe and secure website will walk you through a simple process of gathering all your vital information, and help you share it at your discretion with those who need to see it.
The financial information could include bank and broker accounts, insurance documents, safe deposits, and contact details for accountants. Legal information could include wills, power of attorney, advance directives, and contact details for attorneys. Health information could include medical history, living will, healthcare proxy, and contact details for doctors. Other key information could include letters to your family, important addresses, online accounts, and your funeral wishes.
Without this information, your surviving family will spend unwanted hours, days, weeks, or even months trying to locate and manage all of this information. And most unfortunately, during a time of mourning, arranging your funeral, and gathering with family and loved ones.
Bella Vida Funeral Home of Boise, Idaho helps families celebrate the beautiful lives of those who have passed. Please visit us at http://www.bellavidafuneral.com or call us at 208-321-9661.