The 10 Vital Documents Every Grown-Up Should Have

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Power of AttorneyOdds are, there's an important document or two that you know you should have, but that you just haven't gotten around to getting yet.

Check out our gallery to see how many of these 10 must-have documents are in your possession -- and which ones it's time for you to take action on. Having them handy is bound to help you sleep better at night.


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white41990

Whatever happens to my estate I couldn\'t care less after I die, once I am dead nothing matters anyway since I won\'t be around to care or be affected by the results. If others in this world are going to depend on my assets to survive or live an easier life, they got another lesson to learn in life.

June 03 2013 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dragondancer1814

It would also be a VERY good idea to have funeral plans written and accessible too in case you die suddenly, otherwise your loved ones will end up making a BONEHEAD mistake, such as cremating you when you wanted a burial, or having a ceremony from THEIR religion and not YOURS.

May 23 2013 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wlh1923

Incredibly bad advice. Advising everyone to have a durable power of attorney is like advising everybody to build a bomb shelter and stock up for the 2012 end of the world scenario or like advising people to credit revocable living trusts. Simply a vehicle for those promoting the documents to make money.

May 15 2012 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrgrune

This list contains important items, but omits three of the most essential (and basic) documents: 1. An original or certified copy of one's birth certificate. 2. A valid photo ID. 3. A current passport. Life is much less of a hassle when a you have these documents. Skip the to-do list unless you've been diagnosed with dementia. A purpose driven life is itself a constant reminder to achieve one's goals. Besides, I've already had fun picking out the music for my funeral. As a professional musician, it'll be my last chance to inflict a didactic moment on a captive audience.

May 15 2012 at 3:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
keedyk87

And to make sure the Will, will be useful or meaningful at all. You will need a GUN even more, to protect your Life, Liberty and Freedom, from the Teapubs who want to enslave you and make you kneel before their GOD Mammon!

May 15 2012 at 2:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John

Love the renters insurence thing. Believe it or not if you have more then around 5 grand in assestts that need insuring and you rent you are out of luck. Insurence companies assume if you rent you do not have nice things and there for they have a cap on who they will insurer.

May 15 2012 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alycemd

I just looked at my policy. There's no cap on it.

May 15 2012 at 2:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
wlgeb

Presidents don't need any of these.

May 15 2012 at 12:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
sjpxmas

IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU MUST BE AN ILLEGAL.

May 14 2012 at 8:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
OCgirl

To obtain and make these things legal you need an ID, right? Doesn't that make it unfair to people without an ID? I"M BEING SARCASTIC!

May 14 2012 at 8:07 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
allan

why are so many of you don,t like the president,an you no it is not because of what he do it is because he is black , you just don.t want a black president , when the right wings wanted to close the goverment down twice you didn.t have a problem with that. this is not 1940 wake up it is 2012.

May 14 2012 at 7:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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