Category: Success Stories

GYST Shares Eric’s Story

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Eric was a supporter of GYST and recommended it to his friends who were having children or getting married. But, it took Eric and his own wife a few years of telling each other what they ‘should’ do before they really did anything about their own wills.

Getting it together

When Eric first learned about GYST Co-Founder Chanel Reynolds on National Public Radio he immediately went home, printed out the GYST list of important things to do and began recommending it as a resource to many he knew.

“I realized recently that I’d been giving people advice but, not following it myself. I had a relatively simple estate, I didn’t feel like I needed a lawyer. Reminders from GYST helped me stop talking and start doing.”

The impact

Like a chore needing to be checked off the list, Eric needed an easy tool where he could follow a series of steps, complete his own will in one sitting, print it up, have a couple witnesses sign it, and send copies to his named executors and guardians for his children.

His advice?

“Just do it. It feels great for my wife and I to be done. We feel like we did the responsible thing – protecting our family from one less hassle in the event of our death.”


 

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GYST Shares Jim’s Story

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Adjustments in Jim’s personal life necessitated that he make changes to the beneficiaries that were previously part of his estate plan. And while the whole notion of starting-up the process felt overwhelming, Jim kept on reading the emails from GYST encouraging him along.

Getting it together 

Jim spread the word about GYST to many friends and colleagues he knew but, was surprised to learn how many of those he spoke to had overlooked their own estate planning needs.

“I spread the news about this every chance I got like it was gospel but, as great and important a program as GYST is I was blown away at how few people actually had done anything.”

The impact

One night Jim just had enough.  He knew the templates and information was available on GYST to get it all done in one sitting.  Jim simply needed to invest the time reading the Guides so he could feel confident making informed choices about his own end-of-life wishes.

His advice? 

“One night is all it takes to get it done. Set a date, hold yourself accountable to getting it done and let the content roll you through the process. ”

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GYST Shares Dustin’s Story

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Having a spouse working in Healthcare, things like Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and Long-Term Insurance were always there on Dustin’s “To-Do’s” list. But, thinking of the time it would take to shop for insurance policies, getting documents notarized and dealing with digital accounts and passwords – it was easy to put off.

“Getting documents notarized, shopping for insurance all felt like one hot mess.”

Getting it Together

When Dustin and his wife gave birth to their son, he started to read the guides that were part of the GYST Checklist and soon realized most of the work had already been done for him.

The Impact

“GYST hits the nail on the head. Just going through the checklist helped me to realize anyone can do it. Now, I feel more confident as an adult knowing that I’ve got my shit together.”

His Advice?

“Just go through the checklist, having all the heavy-lifting is done for you. Anyone can work through it including the miscellaneous stuff like solutions for passwords and other digital details.”

“In all, it took me about three weeks to get my shit together but, compared to the years I’d been agonizing about getting this stuff done, it’s a ridiculously short amount of time – my only of advice would be to send people donuts.”

 

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GYST Features Stephanie’s Story

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Writing out a will and living will had been on Stephanie’s to-do list for about 10 years. She had even gone so far as to contact a lawyer, but found herself so emotionally overwhelmed by the issues it raised that she couldn’t meet her lawyer’s timeframe.

Getting it together

When Stephanie’s brother had a baby, she started thinking that she needed to do something. The time was right, and when she started working with GYST, she realized how doable it was. Moving task by task, she soon had her very own living will in hand.

“I feel a greater sense of freedom.”

The impact

“I am no longer with that nagging voice that says ‘you need to do x, and aren’t doing it.”. She also feels that her life is more aligned with what she values in relationships. The worry that she’ll burden her family is gone.

Her advice?

“Don’t delay. Do this,” she says. “Sure, it may bring up fears and it may have you facing some deep issues. Yet, it is one of the best investments you can make in finding more joy and peace in your life, and it is a great gift you are giving to loved ones who don’t have to then worry when it comes to wondering what your wishes may have been.”

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GYST features Michelle’s Success Story

GYST features Michelle’s Success Story

“For most things in life, it’s never too late. For estate planning, it’s never too soon.” Michelle, Seattle, WA

Over 15 years ago, Michelle’s boyfriend (now husband) lost his mother to cancer.
Her husband had a power of attorney for his mom, but still encountered problems and a moral dilemma without a will to instruct how to divide her estate—so Michelle knew how important an estate plan can be. Still, like many of us, she kept putting it off, one year at a time. Her biggest perceived barriers included: time, money, hiring an attorney, and the bewildering amount of information online.

Getting it together

When Michelle heard our founder’s and others’ stories on NPR, she decided to do something. She made out her entire estate plan with GYST. “The ability to use a simple tool to walk me through the steps was the biggest and most catalyzing moment,” she says, “I had gotten as far as doing power of attorney documents downloaded earlier but I couldn’t get my head around a will. The web version was super helpful.”

The impact

Now that Michelle has gotten it together, she feels like a giant load has been lifted off her shoulders. That’s what doing an estate plan does. Since then, her husband and other family members have also gone through the process.

Her advice

“The point of taking care of our things while we are alive is to ensure we are simplifying the lives, and bereavement process, for those we leave behind.”

 

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