Legacy Contacts — End of Life Planning

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We have already discussed how important adding contacts to your Myend account is. This where you can add Legacy Contacts too. You may know what these contacts are on Facebook, for example, but we’re here to walk you through our definition of it. We then discuss why your contacts are at the heart of how Myend works and even offer tips on how to choose one.

What is a Legacy Contact?

A legacy contact is a person you’ve known for a long time – maybe your whole life. They’re the ones who have seen you grow up perhaps. They also know that no matter what happens, they’ll always be there to support you.

For most people, these contacts are people who have been there for them when things got tough. They’ve supported you through all of it. You can count on them no matter what happens. And just like you could count on them during your life, you can now depend on them during your death too. Let’s have a look at what Legacy Contacts are for Myend.

How to pick a Legacy Contact

When using Myend you can list your belongings, write goodbye messages and make sure your last wishes will be granted. This way you can arrange everything around your “end” in the way that you see fit. To make sure the process goes according to your vision, all you have to do is appoint one or two people you can trust with this task.

Who will make sure your final wishes are granted?

That will be your Legacy Contact. Or Contacts. As a general rule, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to be a appointed as such a Contact. Most often people appoint a trusted family member, good friend, or ideally both!

How many should I appoint?

Invite at least one Legacy Contact, but keep in mind that two or three is preferred. You can appoint multiple contacts and it is usual preferred to choose at least two. Moreover, you can ask them to take care of different matters.

How does the process work for a Legacy Contact?

Use Myend to invite a person as your special Contact, they will then receive an email with your request. Your Legacy Contact can accept or reject your request. Once they have accepted your request this will be updated in your account.

Additionally, once you pass away, they will have to press the Myend switch, this means that they alert Myend of your passing. After you have passed, they will get access to some of your data.

You can manage exactly what they get access to and also what their roles and tasks are.

Read more about the Myend switch here and here.

What will your Legacy Contacts do?

Legacy Contacts are often asked to make difficult personal decisions. Please make sure that you can trust those you appoint as your special contacts.

These individuals, in general, function as reference points that will confirm your death if we suspect that you died. Most people name their Legacy Contacts in other end of life documents as executors, witnesses or even beneficiaries.

What can your Legacy Contacts see?

A contact (legacy or not) cannot see the content of your Myend account for as long as you are alive. So you can keep all your secrets stored and locked away until it’s time to share your wishes with your loved ones. And even then, their access is as restricted to exactly what you want them to see.

Messages

When sending a message to someone, the Legacy Contact will never be able to see the content of this message unless it’s directed to them. After all, this is only between you and this selected individual. You can, however, let them decide on when your messages should be sent.

Tip: Some messages, based on their content, should be sent out immediately.

Belongings

Your Legacy Contacts will see the list of your belongings and the beneficiaries. This way they can make sure that your belongings are shared with those you have selected.

Passwords and Keycodes

The people you appoint will receive an overview of your Vault, but will only get access to the codes that have been directed specifically to them. So another family member or friend can get access to a device or account to take care of matters.

Contacts

Your Legacy Contacts will get a full overview of all your Will contacts. This will also help them in reaching out to all these people once you have passed away.

Who is the right Legacy Contact for you?

Now that you know what it means to be or appoint such a contact, you can make informed decisions. Like we said before, choose people you can trust. We advise you to look at the people you care about and the people you think would be able to manage the tasks of a Legacy Contact. You can never fully predict what the outcome will be, but usually your gut feeling will tell you whether you are choosing the right person. Think about who you trust the most – that’s your guy (or girl)!

How can you set up your contacts?

That’s very simple! Just follow the instructions on the contact menu once you’ve opened your account. It’s really a piece of cake!

Can you later change your mind?

Yes. If you decide to change your Legacy Contacts, you can do so at any point in time. Additionally, one of the benefits of Myend is that you can always change and update things as you go through life. And in an incredibly easy way, nonetheless. If something comes up, our team is, of course, always here to help you too.

Final Thoughts

In short, Legacy contacts are not just limited to family members; they can also include close friends or even co-workers. Legacy Contacts play a crucial role in Myend’s end of life planning. They verify your own identity in a way, and when that time comes, they verify your passing too. Your Legacy Contacts work with other significant loved ones in order to keep your legacy alive, through your wishes and instructions. 

Have any other questions about Legacy Contacts or the Myend activation process? No worries, you can most likely find all your questions answered in the link above or our Help section.

Finally, for a better understanding of our end of life planning services, you can open your own free account here. Sign up today to create your own end of life plan in clear, simple and fast steps!

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Myend is not a law firm, it does not engage in the practice of law, and it does not render any official legal advice. Therefore, you are hereby advised to seek your own legal counsel regarding any legal issues. Myend’s articles are meant to be taken as suggestions and therefore Myend carries no responsibility for the user’s actions.

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