If You Died Tomorrow, Would Your Family Be Prepared? – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been almost a year since doctors told Vickie Eisenberg and her husband Esmaeil Babaahmadi they had COVID-19.
At the time, very little was known about the virus that would trigger a major pandemic. Her son also knew very little about what was going to happen to him.
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“I remember collapsing on the bed next to him and thinking, ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen to us?'”
Eisenberg said she suddenly realized that she and her husband would soon get very sick.
“He was on the ventilator and everyone was intubated and in a coma and I was holding his hand and saying, ‘You are the love of my life, don’t leave me,'” she explained with a smile and turned to her husband when they were both holding tears back.
Babaahmadi spent 30 days in the hospital, 23 of them in a coma.
Eisenberg was also hospitalized in the intensive care unit, but recovered much faster.
“Arlo has really taken on our lives,” she explained.
“You prepared us for the worst,” said her son Arlo Eisenberg. “Even though he lives an hour away, Eisenberg realized how little he knew about his parents.”
From vital financial information to personal information like neighbors’ names to passwords, he realized how much he needed to learn.
“It’s only when there’s tragedy or someone comes by that people think about these things,” he said.
Eisenberg’s cousin and business partner had pondered these things for a decade.
Long before COVID-19 hit, Abby Scheniderman and Adam Seifer wrote in case they were hit by a bus.
Both authors strongly deny that the book is pathological.
You know it sounds like that, but Schneiderman smiled and said, “The idea is that you never know when something is going to happen, so it’s better to do a little preparation beforehand.”
“COVID has certainly created more awareness that planning is required and you never know when something is going to happen,” said Seifer.
The two are co-founders and co-CEO of Everplans, a company focused on digital estate planning.
The book highlights a lot of what they do to help people.
The front page reads, “Here’s How To Organize Your Life Now When You’re Away Later.”
Among the takeaways – think of any passwords that could ban someone completely from your life – not just financial accounts and websites – but your phone and computer too.
The authors suggest thinking about the quirks in your household that someone needs to know when something has happened to you.
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It could be as simple as caring for a pet.
“Are there any important contacts in your life who need to be notified in an emergency? Is someone at your work? One employer. Is there a doctor? Is there a neighbor? “said Schneiderman.
“Another important aspect is communication. You can do all of the planning of the world, and if no one knows about it, you can end up like you didn’t, ”Seifer explained.
Jim Lacamp also believes in sharing your list and planning. “Every family should have a checklist.”
Morgan Stanley’s senior vice president and financial advisor has been giving similar advice since 1985.
“You need to have a list of who your funeral home will be. Would you like to pay this in advance? Will you make an obituary Did they have a lawyer? Did they have a will? Do you have an executor? “Explained Lacamp.
Lacamp says the list should also include:
-Who has your birth certificate?
-What is your social security number?
-Where are your social media accounts and passwords?
-How are your pictures saved?
According to Lacamp, financial advisors and planners can help, but there are many other resources available to you.
“That’s what I do and I’ll tell people to do it, but there are lots of good resources online.”
These online resources often include secure locations for all of this information.
“One of the worst places to keep them is in a bank safe because if it’s frozen or someone can’t find the keys for whatever reason, they can’t get in.” Karl Eggerss recommends a fireproof box at home or an online service. He is a senior weather advisor and partner at Covenant.
Covenant offers digital vaults – secure websites in the cloud where you can share your documents with anyone you choose.
“They know whether something should happen to mom or dad, for example. Here i go This tells me who the advisors are. This tells me where the title of the car is … all of those things are listed in one place, ”said Eggerss.
A year later, Arlo Eisenberg’s parents are still working on the organization, but they say they are much better off than they were at the beginning of 2020 when the pandemic rocked their world and almost cost their lives.
“When mom and (dad) were in intensive care … we could have fixed all of these things,” said Arlo Eisenberg.
Vicki Eisenberg says she has basic records together, but there were things that “never crossed her mind”. Even now, she is still thinking of tasks to add to the list. She says her last thought was magazine subscriptions.
“Fortunately we made it out alive, but … that gave us a chance to see what could happen and be prepared.”
Using experts and the book “In the event that you are hit by a bus”, the I-Team has put together the following checklist to help you get started:
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