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The 25 documents you need before you die

There are 25 key documents that you need to leave your family in case of emergency or death.

The Essentials


Letter with funeral instructions

Trust documents

Bank Accounts

List of bank accounts

List of usernames and passwords

Safe deposit box information

Life Insuranace & Retirement

Life insurance policies

IRA accounts

401(k) accounts

Pension documents

Annuity contracts


Real estate deeds/documents

Cemetery plot information

Proof of loans made and amounts owed to you

Vehicle titles

Stock certificates, bank and brokerage accounts

Business, partnership, corporate records

Tax returns

Health Care

Medical history

Durable power of attorney

Authorization to release health care information

Living Will

Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

Marriage & Divorce

Marriage license

Divorce judgment