Where do you file your important papers and information?
If you’re like most of us, our information is scattered among the following places;
- File cabinet in home or office
- In a home safe
- In a bank safe deposit box
- On a personal computer
- Stored on a smart phone or tablet
You may not have thought about it, but these may not be the best places to store information anymore.
We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons why those choices may be outdated.
File Box / File Cabinet
- Fire or natural disaster destroys documents and important papers.
- Originals are susceptible to theft, damage or misplacement.
- Difficult to find and retrieve the correct documents when needed.
- Family members or unwanted guests can view or alter documents.
- Fireproof or large safe can be costly to purchase and to install.
- You and others have to remember the combination.
- Digital door lock can fail, or dead batteries can leave you locked out.
- Difficult to move.
- No access to documents from anywhere but location of safe.
Bank Safe Deposit Box
- Contents only available during regular banking hours.
- Can be high monthly cost or bank goes out of business.
- Manage key access. What is the key and box location? Will others know or have access?
Personal Computer Storage
- Computer hard drives fail. Risk of unrecoverable documents.
- Information only accessible at PC site.
- Nobody knows the computer password to access your documents.
- Accidental or natural disaster can destroy computer.
- Phone can easily be damaged or destroyed.
- No protection from strangers who may get access.
- Loved ones may not know code to unlock phone.
- Data on phone memory or uploads may not be secure.
Here are some other places that may be good options with their pitfalls:
Store with Attorney or Family Member
- Most Attorney’s do not offer digital storing of legacy type documents.
- Attorney’s or family members pass away too. Then what?
- Family Member may not want the responsibility for dealing with your Legacy.
- No digital solution for original paper documents.
- Google Drive, One Drive etc. provide no guidance on what to store.
- Must share login credentials for anyone else to access information.
- Must share all information if sharing login credentials.
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