We all know that we need to take steps to be prepared in an emergency. But just as we need to have fire alarms, 72 hour kits and a safe place to meet our families in cases of emergencies, we also must have strategies in place to protect our families legally in times of emergencies.
Keep all your important documents in a centrally located, safe place. These documents should include social security cards, birth and marriage certificates, wills, advance directives, powers of attorney, financial records, deeds, insurance policies, etc. Keep these documents in something waterproof (fireproof if you can). Also, make duplicates of these documents and keep them in a remote, safe place (for instance in a safe deposit box). Make sure that the people named in your will as guardians, trustees, executors, etc. have copies of these documents and know where to find the originals. Make sure that these documents are updated regularly.
Please contact us if you have any questions about being legally prepared.