If you are the center of a household unit, then you know the importance of organizing all of your important documents. If this task gets away from you, you can end up in situations where there are potential social or legal implications. Taking care of these critical documents immediately as they come into your life and the lives of your family members is absolutely crucial.
Several sets of these documents immediately come to mind. There is the will that you should fill out. Any kind of insurance policies that parents have need to be organized and available. You need to know where everyone’s birth certificates are at all times. And keeping track of passports and IDs is vital not only because you need them yourself, but you need to prevent other people from getting a hold of them to avoid fraud and identity theft.
When you fill out your will, you are creating a logical space in time after your death. If you’re worried that your family won’t be taken care of or don’t know how to take care of themselves on their own, your will is the last way for you to communicate all the necessary steps. Filling out a will can also help you organize your priorities. By having all the technical details laid out in front of you of afterlife activities, you can begin to eliminate unnecessary clutter from your emotional space. You may also consider having a transfer on death deed if you don’t want them to go through the hassle of probate process.
Keeping all of your insurance policies in order is also extremely important for the sake of your family. You need to purchase home insurance. You may want to have life insurance policies in place. Everyone who owns vehicles has to have car insurance. And for every one of these types of insurance, you need to know names, prices, organizations, and track records. Having to figure out how to find all this stuff immediately after a dramatic event can be extremely challenging. Having it all organized ahead of time is the way to go.
Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards
Two of the most critical pieces of paper that you will ever have are your birth certificate and your Social Security card. Not only do you need these for identification purposes, but if anyone else gets a hold of these numbers or these documents, especially in their original form, then identity theft is a definite possibility. Always keep them somewhere secure, and it’s not a bad idea to put them in a fireproof box somewhere safe in your home.
Passports and IDs
A final set of documents to always have organized and under control are your passports and IDs. Your standard identification is going to be your driver’s license, but other IDs should a be organized as well. Family members should keep some form of identification on them all the time, and then any other forms of ID should be archived somewhere safe.