When Natural Disasters Strike

archive-assets-natural-disasterNature’s ferocious power has been on full display recently, from Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast to wildfires in California to devastating tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma.

When natural disasters strike, the human element is obviously priority one, and our hearts go out to people everywhere who were severely injured or who lost precious loved ones. Loss of property and possessions pales by comparison but still must be addressed in the aftermath of such tragedies.

Eleven years ago, my house burned to the ground in the middle of the night. In the midst of my shock and grief, I was forced to deal with the unavoidable details of trying to recall and document every damaged or destroyed item for my insurer. It was in the ashes of my home fire that the seeds for Archival Property Solutions were planted. I was forced to recognize that if I had made a more comprehensive effort to more carefully document my possessions, important papers and confidential data prior to that terrible fire, I would not have felt so powerless in the months that followed.

My house fire drove home the point that such unexpected and devastating occurrences are not only disorienting and overwhelming, they often have enormous price tags associated with them. As I slowly rebuilt my life and my house from the ground up, I vowed to do what I could to leverage the knowledge and skills I gained from my experience to help others minimize their financial loss, emotional turmoil and valuable time lost to recovery and rebuilding activities in the wake of disastrous events. They can then focus on what matters most: comforting family members, rebuilding or repairing their damaged home, and saving, recovering, restoring or replacing their valued possessions.

Today, Archival Property Solutions helps high-net-worth owners and their professional advisors cope with, plan for, protect against, and recover from life’s unexpected events by digitally cataloging their tangible assets and securely storing them for private, confidential access. Then, if a natural disaster, fire or theft results in damage or loss, the road to recovery is smoother, more orderly and less emotionally and financially taxing.

Ultimately, creating a digital catalog of valued property, documents and data is not only practical, it protects the most valuable asset of all: peace of mind.



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About Archival Property Solutions, LLC

Archival Property Solutions documents and catalogs the tangible assets of high-net-worth owners for their personal viewing pleasure and support of crucial Family Office and wealth management activities. Clients who have substantial and complex holdings in multiple locations can now keep their catalog of non-financial assets stored securely for private, confidential access via computer, tablet or phone. When maintained with current information, this confidential digital catalog can keep owners and their trusted advisors better informed, enabling them to stay current with professional service objectives and to plan for, protect against, cope with and recover from life’s unexpected events.

Contact Archival Property Solutions at:

(866) 843-2100 or
e-mail us

When we receive your inquiry, we will determine the best way to match our services to your unique needs and circumstances. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond promptly and confidentially.

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Stay in Control

lost-wallet-record-keepingFew among us have not experienced the stress of losing a wallet, misplacing a briefcase or having a phone go missing.

When you suddenly can’t retrieve the important records, confidential data and other information contained in those items, even for a short while, many aspects of your life can be compromised. Such disruptions become especially troublesome when you are far from home and in urgent need of phone numbers, passwords, account numbers and essential document scans.

A secure Archival Property Solutions online catalog of a client’s non-financial assets, which can include a detailed inventory of these digital assets, can save the day. With just a click or two, you can access your entire catalog on any connected device from any location in the world. Or, if your laptop, tablet or phone is AWOL, an authorized family member or trusted advisor can retrieve the information for you. Thanks to Archival Property Solutions, such emergencies are quickly downgraded to inconveniences.



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About Archival Property Solutions, LLC

Archival Property Solutions documents and catalogs the tangible assets of high-net-worth owners for their personal viewing pleasure and support of crucial Family Office and wealth management activities. Clients who have substantial and complex holdings in multiple locations can now keep their catalog of non-financial assets stored securely for private, confidential access via computer, tablet or phone. When maintained with current information, this confidential digital catalog can keep owners and their trusted advisors better informed, enabling them to stay current with professional service objectives and to plan for, protect against, cope with and recover from life’s unexpected events.

Contact Archival Property Solutions at:

(866) 843-2100 or
e-mail us

When we receive your inquiry, we will determine the best way to match our services to your unique needs and circumstances. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond promptly and confidentially.

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Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To

get-it-together-Melanie-Cullen Archival Property Solutions (APS) partners with Get it Together, a California firm whose flagship product helps clients organize important personal records, some of which are essential for critical care and end-of-life information.

The resulting road map is a boon for survivors and caregivers in the event of the client’s incapacity or death. Absent this road map, grieving family members may be forced to contend with an avalanche of difficult and stressful details in the midst of substantial emotional duress.

Building this orderly library of useful information across as many as 28 categories is perhaps the most thoughtful gift that someone can provide for their loved ones. It’s a highly valued task yet an often postponed one, considering the amount of detailed and time-consuming work involved.

Given that most of the information in these categories is already covered in APS’ documentation services, we stand ready to help with this task. A client may want some or all of this “Get It Together” information added to the APS secure online vault that contains the client’s broader digital catalog of tangible asset categories.

The finished “Get It Together” catalog, including the original documents, stays with the client, a family member or a trusted advisor. If any part or all of this physical catalog has been integrated into the APS secure online catalog, it can also be accessed through mobile electronic devices by owner-authorized family members or other advisors in distant locations.

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hand-writing-a-letterMelanie Cullen of Get It Together, has compiled some unsolicited customer testimonials on her website. Click here to access them. Here are three of the powerful testimonials she’s received:

• This past April, my husband died and when I took the needed financial section to the financial planner and the lawyer, both commented what a wonderful gift the organized information was to me (and to them, I am sure). My deepest thanks to you for writing the book and teaching the class from which I have benefitted so much. You truly are a gifted teacher.

• Thank you for … a comprehensive guide that will finally allow me to organize all the important information and papers to support our trust. You have made me aware of what a burden and Herculean task I was assigning to our loved ones. That binder will be not only be a caring “gift” to our heirs but a wonderful resource for any emergency situation.

• The time and effort that went into developing Get It Together, we can only imagine. We enthusiastically applaud you…. As I read and worked my way through Get It Together, my appreciation strengthened and reinforced my gratefulness.The final product is a thing of beauty. Thank you! Thank you!



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About Archival Property Solutions, LLC

Archival Property Solutions documents and catalogs the tangible assets of high-net-worth owners for their personal viewing pleasure and support of crucial Family Office and wealth management activities. Clients who have substantial and complex holdings in multiple locations can now keep their catalog of non-financial assets stored securely for private, confidential access via computer, tablet or phone. When maintained with current information, this confidential digital catalog can keep owners and their trusted advisors better informed, enabling them to stay current with professional service objectives and to plan for, protect against, cope with and recover from life’s unexpected events.

Contact Archival Property Solutions at:

(866) 843-2100 or
e-mail us

When we receive your inquiry, we will determine the best way to match our services to your unique needs and circumstances. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond promptly and confidentially.

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What Assets Should You Document?

document-fine-art-collectionThe more valuable an asset is, the greater the value in documenting it.

Prime candidates include, but are not limited to, fine art, valuable collections, jewelry, gems, antiques, memorabilia, and luxury items such as airplanes and boats. Archival Property Solutions also thoroughly documents business and investment properties as well as residential structures, their landscapes, and their daily use contents, including amenities, furniture, décor, fixtures, finishes, and other architectural details.

Value, however, is a relative term. In times of family crisis, digital assets such as scans of important documents and records may prove to be more valuable than the material items listed above. These digital assets can include confidential data such as provider contacts and account location with access details as well as the storage location of original documents and materials. It may become critical for family members, advisors and caregivers to be aware of such information in the event of the owner’s incapacitation or death. As a matter of course, these digital assets should also be cataloged for the owner’s protection and for remote collaboration with family members or professional advisors.

Archival Property Solutions will also document other items the owner would want recovered, repaired, replaced or reimbursement for in the event they are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. These assets might include an extensive library of books, a wine collection, musical instruments, electronics, digital media and images, hobby equipment, items of special sentimental value, cherished photo albums and heirlooms pertaining to family history.

An archival property record offers the most value and functionality when it is kept current and complete. For optimal results, the documenting and cataloging of tangible assets—and any subsequent editing or amending of the resulting digital catalog—is best left to experts. Archival Property Solutions has broad experience with property categories and asset classes, and the network reach to refer owners to experienced appraisers and other uniquely qualified professionals when appropriate.



Click here to see a listing of all Archival Property Solutions blog posts.


About Archival Property Solutions, LLC

Archival Property Solutions documents and catalogs the tangible assets of high-net-worth owners for their personal viewing pleasure and support of crucial Family Office and wealth management activities. Clients who have substantial and complex holdings in multiple locations can now keep their catalog of non-financial assets stored securely for private, confidential access via computer, tablet or phone. When maintained with current information, this confidential digital catalog can keep owners and their trusted advisors better informed, enabling them to stay current with professional service objectives and to plan for, protect against, cope with and recover from life’s unexpected events.

Contact Archival Property Solutions at:

(866) 843-2100 or
e-mail us

When we receive your inquiry, we will determine the best way to match our services to your unique needs and circumstances. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond promptly and confidentially.

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