It has been really important to me that I make sure all of my paperwork is in order and organized in one place. I took a large binder, some tab dividers and several sheet protectors and was able to do just that.
The binder holds all of our insurance and banking. It also has our immunization records, birth certificates and the titles to our vehicles. Eventually, once my Will is completed, a copy of
it will go inside too as well as funeral plans and final wishes.
I thought it would also be helpful to have a list of my online activities so if someone in my family needed to act on my behalf, such as pay bills or check my email, whatever, they could do that for me. Pretty much everything they would need in the event of an emergency or my death is in there for them.
My reasons behind this binder are two-fold. One, I wanted all of this stuff neatly organized and stored. And two, I wanted it available for my girls should something happen. I imagine it would be traumatic enough for them without having to go through everything and try to figure it all out on their own. In some instances, there are things that no one would even know about that would need to be dealt with.
Although talking with your children about your untimely demise may be unpleasant, once they are old enough I feel it is an important conversation to have. We had that conversation not too long ago. It was good too in that they were able to ask questions and know what might happen if worse came to worse.
They also made me promise to live to 99. I told them I would certainly do my best.