If you were to suddenly die today, would your loved
ones know how to quickly find your estate planning documents? Would they know
how to access all your financial accounts? How about your insurance policies?
What about your login and password info to all of your digital assets?
One crucial part of estate planning that frequently gets overlooked is ensuring your loved ones can easily locate all your planning documents and other key assets upon your death or incapacity.
Don’t cause a logistical nightmare
Beyond burdening your loved ones with needless work and expense, if your planning documents, such as wills, prenuptial agreements, and insurance policies, can’t be located, it will be as if they never existed. The same goes for valuable assets like stocks, bank accounts, and other financial property no one knows about.
Given this, you should make sure someone you trust knows exactly where to find your planning documents – which should include an updated inventory of all your assets.
What to include in your planning binder or file
A little pre-planning and organization now can make things easier on your loved ones later. Ensure you have updated copies (or the originals) of the following documents in one, easily accessible location:
- An inventory of all your assets and their location
- An advance healthcare directive
- A will
- Your living trust (if you have one)
- Marriage or divorce certificate(s)
- Instructions for your funeral and final disposition
- Letters, cards, photos, and other treasured sentimentals
- If you have minor children, a Child Protection Plan naming long and short-term guardians, along with detailed care instructions
Get your affairs in order—before it’s too
Each family is unique, so this is just a baseline of what to include in your file. And because death or incapacity can happen to any of us at any time, don’t wait to get your affairs in order. Take steps now to give this gift to your family in the future.
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