Wheres The Password?
If you died tomorrow, how easy would it be for the significant people in your life to tidy up your affairs?
Sadly, far too many of us compound the grief of our loved ones by involving them in lengthy and sometimes expensive proceedings because we haven't left our financial and other arrangements in good written order. You may have made a Will, but does your spouse/partner/family/ executor know where it is kept? And do they know your wishes about your funeral? Or, for that matter, the details of your bank accounts and investments? Or the usernames and passwords for your email and other online accounts?
These are just some of the practical – and vital – matters addressed in Where's the Password? a concise (30-page) but comprehensive guide designed to help make bereavement less stressful. Author Deborah Wilkinson-Gray knows from first-hand experience how hard it is to focus on important matters when you are grieving, but as she points out, even in the midst of your deepest sorrow, funeral and associated costs need to be paid, mortgage payments and bills keep coming in and the world does not stop turning.
The solution she offers in Where's the Password? is to create a Personal Information Log that your family and relevant others can access after your passing to make things less complicated. It can be as simple as an Excel spreadsheet which can be saved in a protected file, or on to a USB or even in the Cloud. Into your Log should go all the information necessary for dealing with banks, lawyers, accountants and other authorities like the IRD who need to be aware of your passing.
Drawing on Deborah’s extensive professional experience as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for private and public sector organisations, the coverage of procedural matters in Where's the Password? is thorough. It begins with advice on how to go about compiling the information you need, followed by a step-by-step guide on what to include in your Personal Information Log.
This ranges from the contact details of your health providers and insurers, to your banking and financial details, property, vehicles and other assets, information that your lawyer and accountant will need, and much more. Even small day-to-day matters that few people think about like passport and driver's licence numbers and club and travel rewards memberships are included.
"Setting down the information is not hard," Deborah says, "but it is vital that you do it. One of the things I discovered in writing the booklet is the surprising difference between what you assume your significant others may know about your affairs, and what they actually do.
"Once you have completed your Personal Information Log you can relax knowing that it has been taken care of and people will be able to find the information they need. It is the one of the best things you can do for the people in your life."
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I have a background as an Executive Assistant / Office Manager working for private business, medical offices, real estate agencies, tertiary organisations and local government. This has given me an extensive insight for the serious need for a robust in-depth BUSINESS PROCESS MANUAL to ensure business operations and processes are run correctly, which has become my forte. It follows that this should also apply to the home and personal environment.