For the third time in a week, Bossy and her brother have gotten together in order to handle some extended family business. Basically this entails lots of manila envelopes stuffed with papers rife with lawyer speak.
Insurance policies, divorce agreements, wills—family issues like these are not high on the list of reasons to get together and polish off a box of Ritz crackers, but Bossy is determined to get all of her paperwork in order as part of the process of discovering and embracing her debt.
And here’s what Bossy has to say about things like insurance policies, divorce agreements, and wills: ew. But she also wants you to know: you need to look over these things once in a while to make sure they reflect your current decisions, and are up to date with premiums, and are behaving as anticipated.
Bossy has never been very responsible about these kind of adult issues, but lately she’s been studying this paperwork while channeling Johnnie Cochran—and know this: just because something was prepared by a lawyer doesn’t mean it’s not full of holes, and just because you assumed you would hear from the insurance company if there was an issue with your policy doesn’t mean you will—be proactive and make a commitment to revisit these things on a yearly schedule.
And lastly, get in touch with your own parents if they’re still around, and hold a family meeting regarding their intentions as they move past middle age. Life is short and when you are too shy or afraid to discuss some of these important issues, end-of-life decisions often fall to the least worthy candidate.
Bossy says: get out there today, make some calls, and get nosing around!