On March 26, 2009, my family lost the fourth leg of our table. With this leg missing, life just seemed to fall apart. In an instant, my dad was killed in a tragic car accident by a convicted drug offender. All of the sudden life went from smiles to sorrows..
My brother, Adam, a prosecutor, jumped to the scene taking control of the legal issues associated with the entire tragedy. I, 6 months before starting medical school, took care of mom; my mom, she fell apart.
In today’s world, we have so many accounts, so many policies, so many ties to the world. The web of life we weave must be untangled by those who are left behind. This is no simple task of making a few phone calls, no matter how much money you have, the learning curve is incredible.
Between me and my brother Adam, we have an ivy league degree, a master’s in accounting, a CPA, and a J.D. My father, a former financial advisor, was a record keeper – an organized data tracker. But when tragedy struck, our lives were turned upside…and so were my dad’s records. When at first things seemed together, the situation turned ugly.
Looking through files, calling random insurance companies, finding a qualified attorney and accountant were so difficult during these horrible times. We wanted to mourn, but it seemed as though the responsibilities of settling dad’s “stuff” was so overwhelming.
After months, we’re still not done…
The experience taught me so much. It taught me about family, friends and how great it is to have people around you that you love and that love you. Above all, it taught me that a helping hand is the greatest thing in the world.
I have created this website to offer a helping hand to all those that will need it during these incredibly difficult times. The resources available for the 2.5 million people who lose a loved one in the United States each year are less than ample; I am striving to change that for you.
With a Funeral Registry, we hope to give you the tools you need to inform friends and family of important events related to the funeral, including the location, date and time, as well as the visiting hours with the family during the mourning periods.
With the Knowtification Service, we hope to enable you to settle the estate by using our extensive network of financial, insurance, credit and brokerage institutions. Through this service, we will contact hundreds of the United States’ largest institutions on your behalf, informing them of the death and allowing them to settle the financial affairs with your family.
With My Road Ahead, we hope to provide you with the first-ever, free online software tool for helping an executor (administrator) of an estate settle the affairs of the deceased. Broken up into a day-by-day plan of things to do, we hope to provide you with the necessary information and platform to be able to settle the estate quicky, efficiently and effectively.
The learning curve is huge; this isn’t the time to learn a new skill.
The hardest thing to deal with in life should be made easier…I hope to help you.
My hand is extended to you and your family,
Jarred E. Mait
Love you dad!