A Fortune Almost Lost A month ago a dear friend of mine called and mentioned that her father had died several months before. They had the hardest time locating all of his records like title to the house, will, car title, etc. They knew he was pretty well off but had never shared where the income came from, only that he had a great number of stock shares in several dividend-producing companies.<br /> <br /> <a style="float: left;" href="http://kissaneasylum.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8345216e769e2014e8c0b4e3f970d-pi"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8345216e769e2014e8c0b4e3f970d" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Car Trunk" src="http://kissaneasylum.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8345216e769e2014e8c0b4e3f970d-120wi" alt="Car Trunk" /></a> They searched the house from top to bottom, his safety deposit box (at least they knew which bank he used), and everywhere else they could think of, but found nothing. One day they were cleaning up his car in preparation to selling it, and what did they find in the trunk? All his records including the stock certificates in a very old and dirty file folder under some oil-stained towels! What an unusual place to keep such documents. <br /> <br /> Here are some points to ponder:<br /> What would have happened if they hadn't looked in the trunk? Would the next owner of the car be the new owner of the shares? Or would they just have thrown out the old ragged files with everything else. <br /> <br /> Thinking about this makes me wonder “where are all of my files?” ”Does my wife know where they are?” “Where do you keep your life's documents?” “In one place or scattered around the house in secret places?”<br /> <br /> Does it make you wonder, too?