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New App Helps Millennials Create Wills, Trusts

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A new mobile app released in July aims to help younger investors develop wills and trusts without having to work with an attorney or advisor.

Sixty percent of Americans don’t have a will, a percentage that increases among younger people, Dave Hanley, CEO of Tomorrow, said referring to a study by “Seventy-eight percent of millennials don’t have a will – the primary parents of young children in America do not have a guardian set up for their kids or a plan in place if anything happens,” he said.

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When it comes to trusts, Hanley said many young people believe they don’t have enough assets to justify taking that step.

He calls Tomorrow, “the first trust fund for everyone. Anyone can come in and create a trust or will completely for free and it takes just minutes to do.”

Tomorrow creates revocable living trusts and wills for individuals and prompts them to begin discussions with the people who would best serve as executors, trustees or guardians for their children.

When users sign up, the Tomorrow app pulls information from their phone to populate fields with personal information like phone numbers or birthdays, as well as entering information about their families.

They can set contacts as a guardian, executor or trustee, and the app will generate a text or email the user can send to that person. A series of short videos explains basic terminology and introduces users to the principles of creating a trust or will.

“We’re hoping to create a conversation around these types of decisions instead of them happening alone,” Josh Heckathorn, vice president of financial services and co-founder of Tomorrow, said. “If you work with an estate planning attorney, you might sit down with an attorney and make decisions around guardianship, and someone’s name ends up in a legal document and maybe you never even had a conversation with them.”

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Users can also take pictures of their belongings and designate a beneficiary.

“We generate documents based on the decisions you make within Tomorrow and your state laws, and then we help you back up those documents with the optimal amount of term life insurance,”Heckathorn said.

Hanley explained, “It’s completely optional to buy it, but once we know about you, your family and your finances, we can know exactly how much you need to cover all your future liabilities.”

Users can also purchase life insurance through the app. Based on the information they’ve entered in the app, Tomorrow estimates an appropriate level of coverage and generates quotes from the providers featured on the platform.

Tomorrow is a licensed insurance broker in all 50 states, and offers policies from major carriers like Prudential, Principal, AIG, Banner Life, Sagicor and others. Trusts created in the app are legally compliant in all states except Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. “Those three states have particular complexities where we decided not to launch … so that we can get it right” in those areas, Hanley said.

Tomorrow doesn’t offer any tax planning advice. “This is a revocable living trust so [the app] doesn’t optimize for estate tax, which for many states is $5.5 million per person or $11 million for a couple that you can pass before you have that,” Hanley explained. “In some states, the thresholds are lower for either estate or inheritance taxes, so we notify people if their assets get close to that [and suggest] that they should talk to an attorney.”

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