11. Personal Documents
You may possess personal papers and family documents that have little value to outsiders but are of considerable sentimental value to you and your family. Store keepsakes such as family photos, birth records, historical records, and heirloom books in a fireproof container. Additionally, photographs or digital copies of these items can be stored on a flash drive and kept in your safe or safe deposit box.
10. Marriage and Divorce Records
Copies of your marriage certificates or divorce decree should also be organized and stored safely away. According to Vital Records Services, there are several circumstances that may require you to produce your marriage certificate. You may need your marriage certificate to change your name, file joint taxes, apply for a home loan, or share health benefits with your spouse. A divorce certificate may be necessary when applying for a loan if you have shared joint credit with a former spouse.
9. Medical Papers
Keep medical papers accessible in case of emergency. If you become incapacitated, this will help friends or family members obtain the necessary information required by a hospital or physician. Ensure that your primary care physician, dentist, and preferred hospital are documented. Maintain records of your current prescriptions, medical diagnoses, and past surgical procedures.