Protecting and storing your important documents with BestBequest

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This is a sponsored post about safely and privately storing your important documents, pictures, and videos, With all of the natural (and sadly, unnatural) disasters that happen in the world these days, having a way to keep our important papers and documents is more important than ever. It used to be the safety deposit box at the bank, kept safely in a vault….then home safes became popular….but none of these is infallible. It’s all at risk. Wasn’t there an entire house that fell into a sinkhole? No fire protection can keep a safe from falling into mud to never be seen again, unfortunately. The folks at BestBequest.com have come up with a way to help consumers protect their legacy in a digital manner, safe from natural and manmade disasters. They’ve created a virtual vault called the LegacyVault, within which people can have their own digital safety deposit box and protect their assets, documents, papers, memories and more.
storing your important documents
My parents were very thorough in their plans and wishes for their care if the need arose. They have always been diligent about storing things in a safe place, and done the best they could to have others aware of their wishes. I can tell you without hesitation that this service would definitely have been something my dad signed up for- he was in the computer world long before it was mainstream and he understood how much benefit the internet was going to offer to consumers long before I even had an email address.
BestBequest allows you to plan ahead for life changing events by providing a place to safely store personal documents, pictures, videos and more. The site also allows you to determine who would get access to your digital assets (i.e. – Facebook, email and personal finance accounts).

This may not seem like a big thing, at least the social media aspect, but a friend of mine recently shared with me that her deceased uncle’s girlfriend has been using his Facebook account 18 months after his death to chat with friends and play Facebook games- refusing to create her own account and not seeing that using his account for this is wrong. It’s been very hard for her whole family because they have mutual friends. Given that social media isn’t going to go away anytime soon, we need to have plans for things in place.
storing your important documents with bestbequest
With the LegacyVault

Account Activation – Our system to ensure the Users information is released to the designated people at the correct time and not before.

Bypass System – Allows for one person to activate the User’s account.

Friends & Family System – Relies on friends and family members to activate the User’s account.

Account Activators – The people the User has designated to activate the User’s account – they cannot see any account data; they just activate the account.

Account Trustees – The person(s) the User has designated to receive the reports after the account has been activated. Account trustees cannot be Account Activators.

Connecticut is one of only five states that have created laws governing digital asset management after death. Isn’t that amazing? I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more and more laws governing digital asset management and more after death in the next several years.

Would you utilize a service like this?

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  • This is a really good idea.

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  • We have a deceased family member and it has been tough to deal with everything. This sounds practical.

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  • I am going to look into this becasue I need something like this.

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  • That is so neat. And I agree, no matter how much we’d like to deny it, social media will cease to exist one day!

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  • I knew somebody that used her deceased husband’s account too. wierd.

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  • Fantastic idea. I would definitely use something like this.

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  • I love how simple and easy it is to use this. We have a lot of memories saved on our devices and I’d be crushed if I lost them all.

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  • This is such a good idea. We have our documents in a fire proof safe but it could easily be destroyed in a tornado.

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  • This is so smart – such a great idea!

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  • Love this idea! It would make me feel so much better about our important documents. I’ll have to look into this.

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  • This is a great idea!! I would totally use something like this!

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  • I need to do this to protect our papers too. I worry about stuff like this.

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  • I’ve never heard of anything like this before, but it makes total sense to have something like this.

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  • Wow, how weird that she would do that! I could see for a few weeks or something as a way to chat with those that loved your deceased family members and let them know details they might need for the funeral and such.. but 6 months.. really?

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  • I had never heard of this before! I agree, as the years pass there will become more standard ways of dealing with things like social media accounts after someone passes. All of this technology is so new I think none of us really know what to do in these situations.

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  • Living in North Texas, I worry about this now. With all of the tornadoes, you never know if something awful could happen and it’s a good idea to plan for the worst.

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