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Safe Deposit Boxes

What Should Not Be Stored In A Safe-Deposit Box?

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Documents that need to be accessed quickly should not be stored in your safe deposit box. This includes:

  • Powers of Attorney.
  • Your Living Will, Do Not Resuscitate Order or Health Care Proxy
  • The original copy of your Will.
  • Your cemetery deed.
  • Burial instructions.
  • Cash.
  • Trust instruments.

Documents that can easily be replaced don't need to be in your safe-deposit box. For example:

  • Copies of insurance policies can be obtained from the insurance companies or your broker.
  • Copies of cancelled checks are usually available online or from your bank.

Other records, such as income tax returns, education and employment records, bankbooks, and warranties, usually shouldn't take up room in the safe-deposit box.

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