This Half Hour Organizing Project is about getting a fire safe box for important documents. It comes to you because of the recent death of someone near me. He was 45, married, with one 12 year-old-son. He didn’t feel good one night and went to bed. Never woke up. Today, his family is dealing with not only his loss, but the financial impact, the lifestyle impact, and all the legal things that go along with a death.
I’ve talked about preparing for emergencies before and I’m including some of those features here for you. BUT, you must go to a store this weekend and get a fire safe box. I have always loved Sentry Safes, but get one that fits your needs. Ideally, get one that is both water and fire safe. Then, gather all your important documents, including passwords for all accounts, and put this in one place.
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
- Divorce Decrees and Custody paperwork
- Social Security cards
- Homeowners/Rental policies
- Car Insurance Policy
- Medical Insurance papers and copies of cards
- Copy of drivers licenses and military IDs
- Any military discharge information (DD214)
- Cash-you decide how much your family would need for 2-7 days
- Power of Attorneys
- A Master list of major accounts and their passwords/pins (banking, money markets, CDs, stocks, etc)
- A CD copy of computer information; back up file
- A CD or flash drive with pictures from computer
- Appraisals of jewelry, antique furniture, or valuables
- Deeds of auto, boat, homes, RV’s
- Irreplaceable memorabilia; letters, jewelry, pictures, etc
The question I ask clients all the time is: In the event of your death, could your family find the insurance, medical, and financial information that they will need?
If your important paperwork is scattered in various places or unknown to even you, make this a priority to find it and put it in your fire box or emergency file.