Few things in life are certain, but knowing that our time on Earth is not guaranteed is one of them. Death, like many things in life, is best when we prepare for it; regardless of how difficult it may be. Don’t let the subject matter of what you are planning for cloud the importance of the task at hand. The best way to execute such an important chore is to approach it with a well thought out and methodical guideline to make sure you do not overlook any detail. The most effective process, to be sure no detail is left unaccounted for, is to create a checklist for yourself.
Take a realistic inventory of your life; consider your health and any other factors that may impact how imperative getting your affairs in order is. If applicable, put certain changes in place to improve the quality of your life. The steps you can take to improve your life are countless. One such consideration, with the growing epidemic of substance abuse in today’s world, is to ask yourself if you are struggling with sobriety. If you are, realizing that you need to take control of your life back is the first step to improving it. You can take the next step by looking into a men’s or woman’s recovery center.
What Does Your Digital Footprint Look Like
When creating your checklist, a good place to start in our digital reality is to be sure to include information that outlines your digital footprint. With the number of affairs you handle online, make sure you leave detailed information for your heir (or designated appointees) to be able to access your information.
Be sure to include websites, usernames, and passwords along with the answers to any security information you had to provide when setting up the accounts. Remember to include bank accounts, investments, life Insurance policies, and any other online accounts or information that may need to be accessed.
The best way to provide this essential information is in a spreadsheet. In addition to the information itself, be sure to include any instructions for not only accessing your information but also what your designee should do with your assets and resources. Making your final wishes clear is just as important as providing access information.
Paperwork Is Unavoidable
Create a folder or binder of essential paperwork that will prove to be beneficial in the event of your unexpected expiry. An example of paperwork to include is any official documents that would be difficult to produce without preparation. For example, your birth certificate, any military paperwork such as discharge papers, your marriage certificate, divorce decree, social security card, vehicle titles, the deed to your home, and a copy of your will. If you do not have a will, make sure to get that taken care of as well.
Not Quite End-Of-Life Paperwork
Not only do you need a will, but be sure to get other legal documents in order that will help with taking care of you in the event you are unable to make decisions and care of yourself. Talking about living wills, powers of attorney, and directives really isn’t as complicated as it sounds. You don’t need to have a lawyer on retainer, you can do an internet search, specific to the state you reside in and download the forms and instructions on how to fill them out properly.
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