Posted on January 31, 2018
Have you ever had a moment when you are unable to recall which company holds your insurance policy? Or which investment broker manages that fixed income portfolio you invested in years ago?
As our lives progress we accumulate a growing number of accounts, legal documents, insurance policies, financial service providers and investment accounts. Over time, these details become spread out among your trusted advisors, piece-meal and unorganized, with the occasional quarterly statement in the mail to jog your memory.
As part of our work with families, we believe it is critical to create a financial inventory of the information that composes your full financial life. These inventories can come in many formats, and depending on how complicated your wealth may be, a much more in-depth format may be needed. However, the first critical step is to compile a high-level list of all your holdings and structures, along with the contact information for those financial service providers. This document should evolve as your life changes, continuing to grow and change along with your financial picture. We also recommend you work with your trusted wealth advisor in this process.
We’ve found that the families who have completed this exercise feel more in control over their wealth, organized and confident about their financial circumstances. It also helps family members feel prepared in the event something unexpected occurs. Gathering this amount of information can seem intimidating, but the results are well worth it.
To help you get started, we’ve provided an Asset and Financial Inventory checklist, available here.get checklist
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