Do you know what’s in your safety deposit box? When is the last time you looked? This is your reminder to take a few minutes and review what’s in your box and to make a list of what can be found in there. Give a copy of your list to a couple family or friends you trust who would step in and help in an emergency situation. This is really key to having a safety deposit box!
So, what should be in your safety deposit box? In a nutshell, anything that is highly important, next to impossible to replace, and important enough to locate in an instant if needed.
- Deeds to your house or proof of mortgage satisfaction
- Titles to vehicles or proof of loan satisfaction
- Social Security Cards
- Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Licenses
- Immigration, visa, citizenship, and naturalization papers
- Court decrees, adoption paperwork
- Wills, End of Life directives, Power of attorney
- Business Incorporation paperwork
- Military service records
- List of investments, bank accounts, and passwords/access information
- Written list, photographs, or video copies of personal property (insurance home inventory)
- Savings Bonds and Certificates
- Rare coins or other small collectibles
- Any of these items that someone else has entrusted you with a copy that you would need in an emergency like a will that your names as trustee, etc.