Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The In-Case-of-Emergency Workbook: An Essential Life Organizer for You and Yours - Vicki Hinze

Summary: While recovering from an unforeseen medical emergency, author Vicki Hinze realized just how little her family knew about the practical but necessary information of routine and everyday life—doctors’ names, insurance policies, location of the will, information about the mortgage, passwords, accounts, etc. If her family had floundered this much when they could still ask her for answers, she wondered just how difficult it would be for them if they couldn’t ask, or if she wasn’t in a position to tell them.

With the The In-Case-of-Emergency Workbook, Vicki has created a space to capture all of this vital information so that families and loved ones like hers will have the necessary tools to handle affairs properly and without anxiety—in case of an emergency. Sections contained in this invaluable booklet includes:

Personal requests
And more
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: A few years back I went to Germany with a few friends. I was super excited to go, as you might imagine, but it was also frightening. What if something happened to me? What if I died and no one knew how to access any of my passwords or accounts or important things? Although these things had been at the back of my mind, they hadn’t really been on my immediate radar until I was preparing for this trip. Since then my husband has traveled for work and such, and the same questions have plagued me—what if something happened to him and I didn’t know how to access any of his accounts? I’m in charge of doing most of our billing, but there are things that he deals with as well. How would I access his work benefits? His 401k? What other things do I not know about? It’s overwhelming to think about all of the things there are that I wouldn’t know about if something were to happen to one of us, let alone the grief and horror of the actual event. I’ve often thought about compiling something that includes all of our pertinent information, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I do have something basic I created, but I know it doesn’t cover nearly everything.

So this book. It was exactly what I needed. It was awesome—it covered so many things in a very basic, accessible, easy-to-use format. I hadn't even thought of many of the things that Hinze had made into complete sections. Now don’t get me wrong—it feels weird writing down passwords and account numbers and compiling them all in one place. This is not a book that you leave lying around. Oh no. This is a book you keep locked up in a safe or lockbox (which she discusses, of course). However, I think it’s invaluable. Were something to happen to me, I am definitely glad that I have filled this book out. I think that anyone dealing with my affairs would be so grateful to have it. A few thoughts that weren’t included in the book but as a PSA I am including them here:

1.      My husband needs a copy of this book as well. Although we share a lot of our financial information, there are many sections (medical, passwords, personal requests, etc.) where he would need his own. This is a book that everyone should have.
2.      You should use a sharp pencil to fill this book out. You need a pencil so that you can erase and change things as necessary, and a sharp pencil so that you can make sure everything is written legibly. Oh, and you should write legibly.
3.      This book takes some time to fill out. There is so much information in it—stuff to look up, stuff to double check, and it’s just overwhelming. Maybe you can plow through it in one night, but I would give yourself a little time just because there is so much to do. Again, there were quite a few things I had to look up and find information for (unless you have all your account numbers and licenses and tax information memorized and accessible off the top of your head. Which you don’t.).

This is really one of those books that I am glad that I have. It’s useful, it’s to-the-point, and I think it fulfilled a need in my life that I’ve had a long time. I feel like having this book is part of being a responsible adult. Which we all want to be, right?

My Rating: 5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: This book is clean.

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