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Gathering the Important Documents
Are you as organized as you should be? Chances are the answer is “no.” In today’s busy life, most of us are just doing our best to hold things together day-to-day.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Someone you love dies, leaving you with more questions than you could ever answer. Like, “Where is our marriage certificate?” Or, “What did we do with the pink slip to the car?”
Now’s the time to do your best to locate as many of the following documents as possible:
While you’re going through the desk drawers and filing cabinets, you’ll run across documents that you think may be useful. Add them to the pile. In the coming weeks, you may need them.
If you have questions about anything related to the search for the important papers, call us at 713-344-0764. We’re here to help.
That’s great. Having a select place to store important documents, like bills and personal records, can come in handy in helping settle an estate after death without having to search and sift through mounds of paperwork.
Why not create a "When I'm Dead" file? You could name it anything you want, but that title fits nicely. This is where you’ll organize your family’s documents, so those you leave behind can easily find what they need when the time comes.
So what important documents should you keep in your "When I'm Dead" file? Here are a few suggestions:
Digital asset account information, which includes email and social media accounts, online services, and financial accounts. You want to organize and store essential passwords, access keys, PINs, and other sensitive information in a safe place that can later be accessed by your family or another trusted individual upon your death.