In an emergency, the last thing you want to do is search for paperwork. The same can be said in moments of high stress or grief. Ideally, all the important documents you could ever need would be easy to find and easy to access. How do you do that?
The best way to put important documents at your fingertips is to go paperless by digitizing them and then save those electronic files to a place where you can retrieve them from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. In many cases, you should save physical copies of the papers, too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a digital copy as well. There are so many advantages to doing so.
First, you end up with a backup copy, which is incredibly helpful if something ever happens to the originals. Second, you can retrieve the documents anytime and any place as long as you have a secure internet connection. Third, when information is digitized, you can search for it using keywords rather than wade through piles of paper. Finally, it’s much easier to share an electronic file with a lawyer, financial adviser, or family member who needs it, rather than sending faxes or photocopies.