Financial Documentation – Let’s do it now! FREE template
During such a turbulent and uncertain time during Covid-19, let us get our financial planning in order. We could utilise this time towards doing something very important which most of us have been neglecting and procrastinating, that is, getting our financial documentation in order and setting our path towards working for financial freedom.
Why do we need documentation?
Financial planning benchmark
Unless we have all financial information in place, how do we really now, what is our current position, and would we really reach with respect to our financial goals, where we want to be?
Life is uncertain
Let’s make it easier for the family which is left behind in case of any eventuality happening. The family anyways goes through emotional stress in case of death. Why give them a financial trauma too if documentation is not set in order. Transmission needs to be done for the assets of a person after he or she passes away, and having it well documented will make the entire process easier.
What should be in documentation?
Bank statements, pass books, cheque books, ATM cards
Income tax documents, ITRs
Important documents like Passport, PAN, Aadhaar, etc
Insurance documents – Life, Health, Vehicle, Property, General insurance
Real estate, property statements
We should maintain hard copies of these in separate folders labelled appropriately. We should also maintain scanned copies that are easily accessible, increase they need to be set somewhere as a soft copy, or if a print out needs to be taken.
What else is needed?
Financial statements should be prepared – Cash flow and Balance sheets
Networth & cash net worth
Key ratios tracking
How often does it need to be updated?
We should set a schedule based on our own comfort but should be updated, at least on a yearly basis.
It should also be updated when you want to do a review, based on any changed circumstances in the family like birth, death, divorce, or anything significant.
It seems a lot of work and I am getting confused. Where do I start?
I have some GREAT NEWS! I have designed a toolkit for the same so that it makes it easier for you and gives you the necessary push to get this started at the earliest. Best of all, it is FREE.
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