Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Getting your official life in order before you die

Yeah, I said the three-letter word. Because we all have to deal with it, and the favor we can grant our survivors is to have our papers in order. (Now, when someone reads this after I have shuffled off the immortal coil, they will know the irony of my posting this information - IF I didn't follow the advice I have received today).

I saw this article in the Wall Street Journal:
Designing your death dossier - 25 documents you need before you die
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303627104576410234039258092.html 

I am currently going through our papers and STUFF, coming to grips with the fact that items that hold potential collectible value are in reality decades away from being showcased on The Antiques Roadshow, and shredding/tossing/unloading. Pretending I am looking at someone else's stuff, and chucking it. At the same time, getting the important papers together so those unlucky enough to be tasked with tying up loose ends after I am gone can figure out what off-shore accounts they should cash in first (heh - that is a sarcastic joke, in case you are with the revenue service).  Number one daughter has left the country for international schooling, and while she and number one son are mostly out of the house, it is time to move it-move it-move it (said in the great Sgt. Carter's voice from the tv show, Gomer Pyle, USMC).

If you have the power to send strength and stamina through the Interwebs, please funnel some my way! And if you are joining me in this effort, let me know how it works for you. 

1 comment:

Jeanne Sather said...

Hi Teri--thanks for the reminder. I have to do this as well (AGAIN), and I've been putting it off and putting it off.

Also, the reducing the STUFF thing is hard for me. And realizing that things I value will most likely not be of value to my children. Even family photos are questionable ... that's hard to take.

Please keep us up to date on how this is going, and I will do the same.

 
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