DELGALLO.com WEALTH MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS – Planning General Letter of Instruction & Checklist
By LEONARD J. DEL GALLO JR., M.S., MPASsm, CFP®
(www.DELGALLO.COM) Del Gallo Financial Services, LLC
A general letter of instruction and checklist are not legal documents, but they are a good place to organize personal wishes and final comments, with an accompanying file of information, to prepare family members in the event of a death and/or disability. A letter of instruction for special needs planning may have much different information and instructions included because it generally serves a different purpose for life planning for a child with special needs. There are a number of items that can be included within the general letter of instruction; first things to do, locate estate documents, attorney information, financial planner information, cemetery and funeral details, facts for the funeral director, information for the death certificate, filing information for benefits, checklist for the executor, expected death benefits, special wishes, personal effects, personal papers, safety deposit box location, post office box, income tax returns, loans outstanding, debts owed, social security card, life insurance, veterans affairs - if applicable, other insurance, investments, household contents, automobiles, important warranties and receipts, doctors, checking accounts, credit cards, housing information, asset and liability ownership designations, obituary, and funeral arrangements. It may be important to add the person’s signature and date on the letter of instruction and include a notary stamp, if possible. A checklist in the event of death should include many items but here are a few to consider; important telephone numbers, funeral director’s location, copy of death certificate and pertinent documents, joint assets may be frozen as well as safe-deposit box, meet with advisors, itemize assets & liabilities, ask tax office for forms or call accountant, contact benefits departments, notify social security, contact insurance companies, keep track of money spent, keep spending in check, and at the appropriate time change ownership registrations. A general letter of instruction and checklist are recommended documents for families to consider including in their planning.
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