SPRING CLEANING TIME MEANS CLEARING OLD PAPERWORK
With tax day over and the need to collect and forward any number of financial and tax documents to the government and with the coming of spring, it is time to turn to spring cleaning. The question should be asked, what paperwork can I throw out, should I throw out and what paperwork should I keep. To be accurate, you should never throw out any financial paperwork, you should shred or incinerate such documents. It is inevitable that in any such endeavor, you will come across documents that matter for purposes of your estate planning, such as wills, trusts and the various financial documents that speak to your estate planning. In any event, you should rely on a system to help you collate these important documents for future use.
You should keep certain original documents in an easily accessible but safe place, such as a fire proof safe or perhaps even a safety deposit box. Things such as birth certificates or adoption paperwork, licenses and passports, marriage certificates, judgments of divorce, military discharge papers and social security cards. Other documents do not necessarily need to be kept as an original, they should be regularly review, at least bi-annually, if not more often. Documents such as a will, trust or other testamentary documentation will be kept by your attorney or law firm, but it still always best to maintain a copy or, better still, several copies on hand.