October 28, 2009 It’s very inexpensive to obtain a reasonable sized fire-proof safe at your local Home Depot, Costco, or office supply store. SAFE DEPOSIT BOX CHECKLIST BASIC INSTRUCTIONS keep these documents in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe check off each item as you include it include the date and location of your safe deposit box keep list at home in a file labeled “safe deposit box” if you remove something permanently, change your list LEGAL RECORDS copies of drivers licenses copies of other items in your wallet (in case stolen) list of credit card account numbers insurance policies last will and testament living wills powers of attorney (durable and medical) also give copies to executor in a sealed and labeled envelope PERSONAL RECORDS social security cards birth or adoption certificates death certificates marriage licenses divorce decrees military records passports PROPERTY RECORDS vehicle titles household inventory (video, photos, appraisals, etc.) real estate warranty deeds VALUABLES jewelry coins collectibles other expensive or hard-to-replace items may need additional insurance when items not locked away WHAT PAPERS TO KEEP ON HAND cemetery deeds, burial instructions, and estate documents box may be sealed upon your death need to make sure family has your last wishes and instructions tax records copies of education records, diplomas, and transcripts appliance and equipment instructions and warranties with serial numbers bank statements and cancelled checks credit card statements medical and health records investment account statements passports or passport numbers Lynn Plait is a Professional Organizer who specializes in personal finance. Visit her website at http://www.finorder.com/ or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Content provided by OnlineOrganizing.com — offering “a world of organizing solutions!” Visit www.onlineorganizing.com for organizing products, free tips, a speakers bureau, get a referral for a Professional Organizer near you, or get some help starting and running your own organizing business.