Get Prepared by Putting Your Papers in Order
I’m talking about your personal documents. It’s best to get prepared by putting your papers in order.
Think of what would happen if a family member were suddenly killed by a drunk driver. Or what would happen if you found out you had cancer? Wouldn’t you want to be prepared in a way that would make things easier on loved ones after you’re gone? Having instructions written out will prevent stress and conflict.
Joyce Moseley Pierce has a 32 page guidebook to help you. It’s called All They’ll Need to Know. Because this is an important subject that isn’t discussed much, I interviewed Joyce for this week’s DestinySurvival Radio show. We started out by talking about how the book came to be, and went on to cover highlights of the book’s content.
About Joyce Moseley Pierce
Joyce is a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In 2010, after 30 years of working on writing about her own trials, she published her first novel, Saving Nikki.
She loves to talk to people about the importance of being prepared in all areas of life. She says preparedness is not just about food storage or moving toward living off the grid.
About the Book
Flexibility is an advantage. Print out the pages and put them in a three ring notebook. Cover the pages with page protectors. Make extra pages if you need them. Include copies of documents you value, including your will.
Update information at least once a year. Tax season is a good time, since you’re shuffling financial records anyway. Or update more often if circumstances dictate. Joyce mentioned needing to update debit card numbers, since her bank spotted a fraudulant charge and changed her card.
Also, why not scan your documents and put a completed copy of All They’ll Need to Know on a flash drive to have in a bug out bag?
Joyce recommends putting your completed workbook in a fireproof box. Make sure others you consider to be truly trustworthy know where your notebook is. Practice security, since you’ll be including a great deal of personal information you don’t want to get into the wrong hands.
Here’s an overview of the pages and forms in Joyce’s book.
- Personal Information
- Vital Statistics
- Professional Record
- Military Service Record
- Will and Special Distributions
- Who to Notify
- Funeral Instructions
- Other Options
- Cemetery Information
- Financial Information
- Checking Accounts
- Safe Deposit Box
- Savings Accounts
- Certificates of Deposit
- Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
- Employee Savings Plans
- Profit Sharing Plans
- Retirement Programs
- Trust Accounts
- Real Estate
- Loans Receivable
- Other Savings or Investments
- Personal Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Health Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Medical Information
- Credit Card Information
- Business Online
- Helpful Numbers
- Additional Details
Do it Now!
You and I naturally avoid talking about death. And we don’t anticipate losing everything to a fire or hurricane. That stuff always happens to the other guy. But anything you can write down now is better than doing nothing. Joyce urges you and me not to procrastinate. We never know what might happen even this very day. And we’re not guaranteed tomorrow.
Getting your papers in order is likely to be a time consuming project, but it’s well worth it. Of course, you don’t have to do it all at once. But it’s something that can simplify your life and give you peace of mind.
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By the way, I don’t earn any commission from the sale of this book. But, in the interest of full disclosure, Joyce was kind enough to send it to me after our conversation, and I’m grateful to her.
Have you put your papers in order? What advice would you have for others? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts to help other readers.
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