By Viktoriya Shaw, Tax Senior Associate | Family, Executive & Entrepreneur Advisory Services
No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet, it is exactly at this time that advance planning can make a big difference in the life of your family members. Organizing your key information and getting your personal, financial, and legal affairs in order is a great gift to your loved ones.
In the event of your untimely incapacitation or death, your loved ones will need many documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out and your bills are paid. By organizing your important records, you can express your wishes, such as appointing a guardian for your children, deciding who receives your assets, protecting your business, providing for charity among some of the large decisions.
By compiling necessary information and keeping your documents in one convenient location, your family members or trusted advisors will be able to easily locate them. This helps ensure that your wishes are known and minimizes the risk of family disputes. Remember, regardless of how organized you are, if your records cannot be found, they will not be useful to someone trying to help in a crisis.
There are a number of different ways for you to organize your important records and we encourage you to develop a system that works for you. Not sure where to begin? Our Financial Records Checklist can help you get started.
Talk with your financial advisor about additional records you may need to compile based on your personal situation.
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