If you died tomorrow, would your loved ones know where to find the documents they need to handle all your affairs?
Understandably, most of us would rather leave the uncomfortable reality of such questions for another day. But the simple truth is, as Echo & the Bunnymen once sang, ‘nothing lasts forever’ – this year, in particular, has been a grim reminder of just how fragile life can be.
Developed by Young Jack LLC, EZ Estate seeks to take the stress out of planning for the dreaded ‘d’ word, however remote the prospect. It’s an all-in-one estate management app, collecting your important documents and instructions in one convenient place for your survivors’ benefit.
You might have already penned a will, but your life is bigger than the possessions you’ll leave behind and to whom; many of the details of your day-to-day affairs will be digitally, physically or mentally filed away, meaning your loved ones may have to contend with a confusing tangle of accounts, passwords and bills after you’re gone – and while they’re grieving. Plus, you may have other wishes you want to communicate; for example, does your family know who you’d like to be notified in the event of your death? What about who should (and shouldn’t) attend your funeral? And what sort of funeral would you like?
EZ Estate lets you easily store and pass on all the details you want to. It aims to be more comprehensive than any other ‘last request’ app on the market, and provides a range of subcategories for added clarity; categories include ‘important contacts’, ‘pets’, ‘gifts and personal property’, ‘personal documents’, ‘my financials’, ‘my funeral’ and ‘miscellaneous’. There’s a simple, clear audio guide to aid you with setting everything up, and a status update to ensure you don’t accidentally omit anything important. You can include helpful details about financial obligations such as bills, monthly outgoings and outstanding debts. For ease of use, or simply to add a personal touch, you can even upload video recordings to the app, directly communicating details you wish to pass on.
Some of those details, such as passwords and contacts – and perhaps where you’ve buried your treasure – may be sensitive and for-certain-eyes-only. That’s why EZ Estate makes sure all data is locally encrypted and password-protected on your device. It’s also stored in its encrypted form on the EZ Estate cloud servers, so you won’t lose everything should your mobile device go on the fritz, or walk-about.
As information stored with EZ Estate isn’t legally binding by itself, the app works best as part of a comprehensive plan arranged through a legal advisor. And there really is no time like the present to plan ahead. You can download EZ Estate for free from Google Play and the App Store today.