TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting “Organize Your Important Papers,” a class which will teach participants how to get their documents in order. Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for the Extension, will present the program from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, March 11 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
The free program provides practical tools and tips on how to get organized, how long to keep documents, how to replace missing documents, and what papers to keep and where to safely store them.
“Your personal and financial records are a vital part of your life,” said England. “They are key to managing your finances, creating an estate plan and recovering from a disaster. Developing a plan to keep track of, or replace important papers can save time and money, reduce frustration, and make it easier to recover from disaster.”
According to the American Demographic Society, Americans waste more than 9 million hours each day looking for lost and misplaced articles. Harris Interactive reports that 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late - and incur fees - because they lose them.
“This class will help get people started organizing their financial lives,” said England. “People often have trouble deciding what they can safely throw out, so they end up keeping everything, then anxiously search for documents when they need them. It is also important to organize so that family members can find information in case of death or incapacity.”
Registration for “Organize Your Important Papers” is required online at https://organizepapers.eventbrite.com or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2719 or 2721.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.