Identifying & Locating Important Documents Part I of II

This is the first of a two-part blog on the importance of identifying, locating, and informing your loved ones about where to find your important documents if they are ever needed in a pinch.

If you’re like most people, you can recall at least one time in your life when you failed to accomplish something important because you lacked proper documentation. Maybe you forgot where you placed your original car title, or perhaps it was your passport. With all of the laws and regulations surrounding identification and the proper documentation thereof, it’s easy to overlook something you may lack or only have a copy.

However, due to these exact laws and regulations, it’s all the more important to identify your essential documents and keep the originals in a safe yet accessible place.  Otherwise, when the next time comes for you to provide proper documentation, you may find yourself in the same predicament, wasting hours, days, and even weeks, before being able to properly account for the documentation required.

Some of the more important original documents you should safeguard probably come to mind pretty easily:

  • Driver’s License/Identification Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Health Insurance/Medicare Card
  • Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate
  • Passport
  • Car Title
  • Tax Returns
  • Estate Planning Documents (e.g. Last Will & Testament, Living Will, etc.)

If you have misplaced any of the above documents, do yourself a favor and take the time now to obtain replacements.  The replacement process, though relatively simple, may take weeks. These weeks of wait-and-see can seem like eternity when you are faced with an immediate need for this documentation in order to handle an unexpected crisis.  You and your loved ones may be left in a serious bind with nowhere to turn in the interim.

Instead, take action now to find all your important original documents and request replacements for any that are lost.  You and your loved ones will be thankful you took the time to do so.

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