The Book

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 PEACE OF MIND
   

That is the main benefit for using The Family Stash as your survival guide, your plan and your road map to protecting your family’s assets and information.       

 

    Peace of Mind  comes from knowing:

·     That you have all your family assets and information, organized and documented, and all in one place and at your fingertips.

·    That you have a total room by room inventory of all your possessions.

·     That you have the “Burden of Proof” for any insurance claim.

·     That you have a digital archive of photos of all your possessions and family photos.

  •  That knowing all your assets are organized and documented.      You now have documentation of all assets. With full descriptions and values and all at your   fingertips.  For financial planning, insurance, loans, etc., you now what you own and have it all at your fingertips.
  • That you have instant access to all your family’s important information.                                                                                                    A medical emergency, a death in the family, a natural disaster, etc, the list goes on and on where having instant access to all the family’s important information saves so much time and stress.  Often the faster you can respond the better it is.
  •  You have a total and complete inventory of all your assets.           For insurance purposes, financial planning, estate planning, etc., you will have a complete room by room inventory of all your assets.  These assets will be documented and photographed and at your fingertips for instant access.
  •  You have “THE BURDEN OF PROOF” for any insurance claim.         In all insurance homeowner policies, there is this little clause called “The Burden Of Proof”. That means that if you have a fire, theft or some natural disaster that effects your home, you have to provide proof to the insurance company of all the lost possessions, before they will pay a full claim. Without documentation and photographs that is very hard, if not impossible to do, especially if all your receipts burned up in the fire. Following this guide gives you your proof.            
  •  A digital archive of photos or all your possessions and family photographs.                                                                                              The Family Stash shows you how to take digital photograph all your possessions. This not only gives you the burden of proof you need for an insurance claim, but also helps you inventory your assets. Digital photos are organized by topic, room, value. This also is valuable in planning your will.                                                                              

    Why is all this so important?  Let me ask you this;

   If you suddenly passed away…

  •       Would your family know what to do?
  •       Would your family know where everything is?
  •       Would they know whom to call?

 

   If you lost your home due to a fire or a natural disaster …

  •        Do you know where are all your records are?
  •        Does your family know?
  •        Do you have a copy put away somewhere?
  •        Do you have a total inventory of all your possessions?
  •        Do you have a copy of family health records?
  •        Do you know all your financial accounts, numbers, pin #s,?
  •        Do you remember everyone on your contact lists?
  •        Do you remember every insurance policy you have?
  •        Do you even know where to start the long journey to

            rebuild your lost records?


  

Table of Contents

 

Dedication

Section One

   Introduction:……………………..……………………………….  1

Section Two

    Chapter One:        Personal/Family Information….………    5

    Chapter Two:        Personal/Family Advisors.….…………   13

    Chapter Three:      Legal/Financial Documents….………   27

Section Three

   Chapter Four:         Family Assets and Liabilities…….…… 41

   Chapter Five:         Personal and Family Inventory……..… 53   

    Chapter Six:           Bank Statements………………………   77

    Chapter Seven:      Tax Returns…………………………..     81

Section Four

    Chapter Eight:        Photographs…………………………     85

Section Five

   Chapter Nine:         Final Thoughts and Final

                                          Arrangements………………………89                        

Section Six

    Chapter Ten:          Floods……………………………………101

    Chapter Eleven:      Heat Waves…………………………….103

    Chapter Twelve:     Tornadoes……………………………… 105

    Chapter Thirteen:    Earthquakes………………………….. 107

    Chapter Fourteen:   Hurricanes….…………………………  109

    Chapter Fifteen:       Wild Fires………………………..…..   113

    Chapter Sixteen:      Winter Storms and

        Extreme Cold……………………. 117

Section Seven

    Chapter Seventeen:  Conclusions………………….……… 121

     Appendix:               Resources……………….…..………..  123

 

NOTE from the Author:

Personal and family information is critical in so many areas.  We all feel we have a good memory, yet in times of emergencies and challenges, a good memory is just not enough. 

Whether it be a natural disaster, a fire, or a death in the family, to have the personal and family information at your fingertips is priceless.

If you are the head of the family, you may be sitting there reading this saying, “I remember all the family’s information,” yet what if something were to happen to you? 

Having witnessed this first hand, I can assure you that taking a few hours now to write down that information will save your family weeks, if not months, of time to reconstruct it. 

It is THAT important! You are doing this not just for your benefit, but also for your family.

This book has been designed and written as a guide to help you in protecting all your family assets and information. It will provide you with a step by step guide as to the items which you should protect and identify, as well as how to protect those records.