Here are some tips to protect your property from improper seizure:
• Make contact with your bank, your brokerage firm, etc. at least once a year, in a way that creates a paper trail. Make sure they have your current address.
• If you own stock, occasionally vote your proxies or take other steps to keep your stock ownership active. Stay in touch with your broker.
• Write a list of all your accounts and keep it with your will, so your heirs will know where to look.
• Consider insuring valuables even if you keep them in your safe-deposit box. That way, you're covered financially if the bank or state makes a mistake and empties your box. Plus, safe-deposit contents have been known to be destroyed by fire or flooding.
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