As I read the article, I reviewed where my information was and found that everything was were I thought it was, but could someone else easily gain access to all the information when it was needed and I was not there. I needed to become better organized and then let my wife and our executor know where the original documents are, contact information, etc.
- Up to date health insurance policies
- Advance directives can include:
- A living will
- Do not resuscitate (DNR) order
- Durable power of attorney for health care
- A current and valid copy of your wills
- A copy of your organ donor card (if you intend to donate an organ)
- Copies of the following documents:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage license
- Divorce decrees
- Social Security cards
- Mortgages and deeds
- Registration and titles for vehicles owned
- Family and friends contact list
- Clear wishes in regards to cremation, burial, religious ceremonies, and other memorial arrangements (headstones, markers, donations in lieu of flowers, etc.)
- Copies of life insurance policies
- Copies of 401(k) and IRA account information
- A listing of financial and investment account information (other than those shown above)
- Outstanding loans
- Religious or spiritual affiliation and contact information (if desired).
Of course, those of us living with Kennedy's Disease might also want to include information on Kennedy's Disease, anesthesia information, tissue donation forms (should that be your wish) and a contact list for doctors.
Has the article forgotten anything else that needs to be included in this emergency file?