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Which important papers should I store in a safe deposit box?

Safe deposit boxes (or safety deposit boxes) are located in banks or credit unions and keep contents secure from thieves, fire, and other disasters. These boxes are made of steel and have two keys -- one to be used by a bank guard and the other for you. Both keys are needed to open the box. Identification is usually needed to lease or open a box. You may want to consider authorizing a trusted loved one or friend to also have access to your safe deposit box.

Safe deposit boxes are excellent for storage of items such as:
  • Adoption papers
  • Citizenship papers
  • Computer backup information and storage media
  • Copies of will, advance directives, health care proxy
  • Divorce decrees
  • Irreplaceable items or things with special meaning
  • Jewelry, coins, stamps
  • List of household possessions
  • Marriage licenses
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Military discharge papers
  • Negotiable securities or bonds
  • Papers related to legal actions
  • Photos for insurance purposes
  • Real estate deeds
  • Title documents for vehicles 84 Safe deposit boxes (or safety deposit boxes) are located in banks or credit unions …


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