What is in your glove compartment?

01/13/2010 by Michele R.J. Allinotte

Last Wednesday night, my husband had picked up our children so I was enjoying a rare quiet drive home by myself when I noticed a police cruiser following me. I made a mental note not to pull anything out of my purse, lest the officer think I was violating Ontario’s new anti-cellphone law. Other than that, I checked my speed and distance and, knowing that I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I settled in to my seat.

And then the lights went on. I pulled over and looked for my license and ownership, wondering why the heck I was pulled over. The officer’s introduction was “Your sticker is expired. It says December 2009.”. I explained that would be my husband’s job and that I was sure he had renewed the sticker, but maybe just hadn’t put the new one on. He asked for my ownership and insurance so he could run the vehicle.

And this is where it gets embarrassing. Do you think I could find the documents I needed? I rifled through the glove compartment, throwing Tim Horton’s napkins and ketchup packets all over the place. When the contents had all been dumped in the front seat and on the floor, I found the ownership for the vehicle. Then the officer asked for a current insurance certificate, since the one I gave him was from 2006. I didn’t even own the car in 2006, how did that get in there? I rifled through all the stuff I had emptied out of the glove compartment, looking at all the little pink insurance slips that my husband must have shoved in there as we received each policy renewal. I finally found the current one and gave it to the officer.

When all was said and done, the officer found that yes, the plates had been renewed. He cautioned me to put on the current sticker and I was on my way.

You are probably asking right now what is the point of this whole story, right? Well, the point is that although I have no burning desire to organize the contents of my glove compartment, it is something that needs to be done. If I wouldn’t have been able to find the documents the officer needed, I would have gotten a ticket (or two), for no other reason than not being organized and not being prepared.

It is the same thing with doing an estate plan. No one really wants to come and see me to talk about what will happen after they die, but it is something that needs to be done. Part of the process I bring clients through is a review of their financial picture which requires them to gather and organize their information. I do this using our Legal Needs Questionnaire and by providing clients with the Peace of Mind Personal Inventory, which I have previously discussed here.

But now I’m going even further. I will soon be offering a Whole Family Wealth Audit, where you can meet with me to get your legal and financial affairs and documents organized once and for all. You will walk away from the meeting with a FREE Family Financial Freedom Notebook with all of your important documents and information stored inside.

Watch for more information, but if you are interested in attending a complimentary Whole Family Wealth Audit, or if you would like a copy of our Peace of Mind Personal Inventory, call our office at 613-933-7720 to speak with Erin, the Client Services Director for Allinotte Law Office.


1 Comment

  1. I guess it is all kinds of people who get pulled over. I was a good post, I enjoyed it. And I may have to visit your office someday. Thanks

    Comment by Winnie — 01/18/2010 @ 12:43 am

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