Are you in a marriage or partnership where one partner deals with all the finances - banking, bills, insurance, investments and taxes? Have you made up a record sheet giving all the vital information so your partner could take over should you become incapacitated? If not it's high time you did.
We have an older friend back in Guelph whose husband managed all the finances. He died suddenly and she was left helpless (to say nothing of the grieving). She could not even turn on the computer, which was password protected. She struggled for weeks to figure out just how to get started.
So a few years back, before my first heart surgery, I prepared an info sheet for Mrs.F.G. It had info like the passwords for our online banking and a dozen other things, info on how we pay our bills (in an online world we pay bills three different ways), and key contacts who could help, like our insurance agent and financial advisor.
A key piece of the picture is to get yourself a good financial advisor. We have an excellent one at home in Meaford, who deals with both our investmens and income tax. And I've made sure to get Mrs.F.G. in to meet him so she's comfortable seeing him without me. Another key piece is to make sure bank accounts and investments are held jointly. This makes things so much easier (banks don't like giving you access to someone else's bank account, even if they are your husband/wife). A third key piece is to have you financial records filed in the same easy-to-find place.
So this time, when I was lying comatose in a hospital bed for a month, Mrs. F.G. knew where to start. The staff at the local branch of our bank has been very helpful, and our son came to help sort out more details. But having that basic information was very helpful. I have not looked at banking statement or bill since mid-Feb, but it's all been taken care of.
There's more I could list, but I hope I've made my point. In an online world, where everything is password protected, you owe it to your partner to pull all this info together.