A Legacy Drawer is a drawer that houses all of the important information your family needs in case something happens to you. Every household needs a Legacy Drawer. It doesn't matter if you're single with no kids or 76 and have 12 grandkids-you need a Legacy Drawer.
The drawer should be somewhere in your home and contain everything your spouse or family needs to know if you aren't around-anything that has to do with your financial life should be in that drawer. You must organize it in a way that anyone can find a specific document in 30 seconds. Your Legacy Drawer should contain 10 things.
Will & Estate Plans. All information pertaining to your will and estate, including names of the executor and Power of Attorney should be located in one file.
Financial Accounts. Anything that has money in it and your name on it should be listed in the Legacy Drawer. This includes account names, amount and account numbers.
Funeral Instructions. All details and specifications for funeral plans should be listed so the family can fulfill your wishes. If you are married, you need one for you and one for your spouse.
Insurance Policies. All insurance information, including health, car, disability, term life, etc., should be combined into one single document for easy reference. List the type of insurance, who the policy is for, contact information and policy numbers.
Important Documents. Any legal or other important documents you have should be noted in the file. This includes deeds, birth certificates, Social Insurance cards.
Legacy Letters. Since the intention behind the Legacy Drawer is to keep your legacy going after you've passed away, it's a great idea to include letters to your loved ones.
Monthly Budget. Add a copy of your written budget, so your spouse or loved ones know how to operate your household once you're gone. This will help your family keep track of bills and focus on more important things.
Tax Returns. Keeping tax returns in your Legacy Drawer is like an insurance policy for yourself in the event that you get audited.Hopefully you never have to pull them out, but if you do, at least you are prepared.
Safe Deposit Box. Keep copies of all your Legacy Drawer papers in a safe deposit box-you can never be too careful. Include information in your Legacy Drawer on where your safe deposit box is and who has access to it.
Passwords. Write down all passwords, combinations, usernames and PIN numbers. This information allows your loved ones access to any documents, money or information that is left when you are gone.
If you put your mind to it, you can create your Legacy Drawer in 30 days! It's tedious to gather all of the documents and paperwork that goes into the drawer, but it's a necessary task in order to protect you and your family.