Elder Law: Carry some of your important documents with you on USB cards #importantdocuments
Elder Law: Carry some of your important documents with you on USB cardsThe extent of information included on the device is up to individual preference; however, from a legal point of view, the most important information needed in case of a crisis situation is documentation that would be useful in the even you found yourself in an accident or became disabled, such as a durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, the physician's directive or "living will," and a HIPAA authorization. With these directives, family members and hospital personnel would have immediate access to not only names, phone numbers and addresses of your designated agents, but also to financial and medical decisions that you carefully made in advance of such a predicament. If you should choose to store more sensitive information on an emergency USB flash drive, such as your passport, birth certificate, Social Security card, insurance cards, medical records, banking information, business records and account passwords, put them on a separate drive apart from your estate planning directives and password protect or encrypt the material. Ask an elder law or estate planning attorney to assist you in saving your advance directives to a portable USB device.