This is a continuation of Why should you digitize your information?
I want to be really clear.
- I am not talking about clearing out your inbox. You can find tools for that including the idea of Inbox Zero and related technical tools such as XOBNI (which was acquired by Yahoo) or IQTell. Entire books have been written about managing your email boxes, calendars and your time.
- I am not talking about scrapbooks, recipe collections, articles, etc. There are several apps for that too! – such as Evernote, Remember the Milk, Trello, Todoist and many more that can help you with that.
- I am not talking about project management. There are tools for that too!
I am talking about the important information in your life such as the items in your wallet, your financial information, your will and health care directives, your health information, information about your homes, automobiles and even your pets. This is the information you’ve always wanted to create, talk about with your family and loved ones, digitize, organize and have available when you need it.
The important documents generally fall into 12 categories.
Some families may have one or two additional categories and many will have less. Below are the categories I found across the board that families have. Pretty much everyone has a Wallet, have Health information, at least one bank account or credit card, some place to live and everyone regardless of what else they have – needs their legal information.
You can create your living will and advance directives for free at http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289 ). Make sure you select your State of residence because the laws are slightly different depending on the State of your primary residence. If you have two residences and travel between, I suggest you also complete one for the State of your secondary residence. If your State forms require witnesses or the form to be notarized, please be sure to do that – otherwise your forms will not be valid.
Some States provide a service where you can file your information with the State’s Attorney General for a nominal fee. These States requires hospitals and physicians to check your documents and wishes before making decisions about preserving your life. You can check your State Attorney General’s website to get additional information.