This is not just a collection of where your life insurance policy is or the deed to the house. It’s much more than that – it’s the details of your life that only you know – like the home safe in the way-back of the closet, or the keys to the storage facility (and where the facility is) that has some old antiques you’ve wanted to keep for the grandchildren.
For the entrepreneur and the business executive it can include records on where vital documents are stored at work.
When you finish with “My Family Record Book”, you will have created your very OWN Family Record Book. It will be fun (yes, fun!), and it will enable you to have a conversation with your family that will be less painful – and more peaceful.
And – listen to this – you will be able to put your hands on any piece of paper or document in your house within 15 minutes. I know – because that is what so many people tell me they are now able to do. And THAT, my friends, is peace of mind.
When I retired some years ago, I had newly-found time. When people asked, “So how do you keep busy these days?” I told them of my project: writing an informational guide for my wife. For the past few decades my wife and I have done our best to protect each other and provide a good life for ourselves, our family and our community. As it turns out, she is the social director, cook extraordinaire, arbiter of good taste, and of course, my best friend.
My roles? The keeper of the records, the one who handles our finances and the one who maintains our house, including its appliances. And a happy and rewarding relationship it is.
But I started thinking, who will handle all these things if I weren’t around? How would my wife and children know about the health insurance, service contracts for household things, unpaid and paid bills, and right on down the line to what items I want my children to have the treasures we may have in art and collectibles.
From the sublime to the critically important – we can have peace of mind in knowing a completed Record Book will give that peace of mind to those we love, too.
During my first week of college at Harvard, the president of the university addressed our freshman class and explained that it was not the university’s purpose in the next four years to have us memorize information – but rather, to learn where to get it.
The same holds true with your Family Record Book. It will be your tool – and your loved ones’ tool – when you need to know or find something; you’ll know where to look. This Record Book has been prepared with love – as a gesture to help ease your loved ones into the next phase of life, and I hope that it does.
But – it is more than retirement planning – just think of going on vacation – going into the hospital for surgery – being on an extended vacation – being called out of your home to care for a family member. All these situations call out for an organized method of taking care of the most important documents – and information – you have.
My Family Record Book sells for $15.95 and is available at several Rhode Island bookstores, and through: Amazon.com
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