Now that fall is here, many of us are dusting off our neglected to-do lists. For those interested in organizing their financial information, Gwen Morgan has put together a handy fill-in-the-blank guide to “putting your affairs in order.”
The workbook guides an individual or family as they assemble their important information in one place. This helps us by:
- Making it easier to find information when we need it
- Helps someone forced to take over in an emergency
After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, Morgan realized she didn’t really know how her mother wanted her to handle many decisions, including planning her funeral service. She thought a guide would help loved ones carry out a person’s last wishes.
I like the workbook and think it has value even if a person isn’t ready to record all of his or her “last wishes.” Even people who are more organized than usual will appreciate the prompts for information.
Space is provided for:
- A page to rip out to send to two people to tell them where your workbook is.
- Personal Information
- Contact information for loved ones
- Contact information for household matters such as utilities, attorneys, medical and friends. There’s even a section for important information on dependent children.
- There are pages for financial accounts such as banking, brokerage, mortgages and other loans, insurance, document storage.
- Family medical history. This is helpful to an individual in an emergency. But it also can be helpful for the rest of the extended family to have a record of medical conditions that run in the family.
- Personal Last Wishes. A lot of space and suggestions are given for detailed instructions.
- Gifts for loved ones. This can save a lot of family arguments!
You can find information on the guide at http://www.whatifworkbook.com