Merlino & Gonzalez - April 2020


As you progress through life, you accumulate important documents that can start to take up a lot of valuable storage space. In spirit with the season, now’s the time to do a little bit of spring-cleaning and sort through your documents to see what might finally be safe to get rid of. Here are the important categories to keep in mind. Rarely Need You might have old originals of a variety of important documents depending on your history and background. These documents were important to secure when you got them and are extremely important to keep, but you should rarely need to use them once they’ve served their purpose. Items like adoption papers, citizenship papers, lawsuit documents, and military discharges can be kept in a safe deposit box but should never be discarded. Sometimes Need These are original documents that, again, were very important to secure at the time and are very important to keep, but you shouldn’t need them often. For that reason, store them in a fire- and burglar- resistant safe in your home. These are items like birth certificates, real estate deeds, diplomas, health records, marriage certificates,

passports, retirement plans, vehicle titles, Social Security cards, trusts, and wills. If you receive new versions of these at any point, feel free to shred the old versions. Temporarily Important These are documents that need to exist only for the duration of time they’re relevant. After they’ve served their purpose, they can be shredded. These are things like college financial aid documents that have been paid off, old credit reports, old employment contracts, old financial statements, old receipts, old vehicle repair documents, and old vehicle registrations. Tax Documents The best practice is to not shred any tax documents until seven years after they’ve been issued. These include items like bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements, tax return documents, and home improvement documents.

And if there’s anything you’re unsure about, take it to a trusted professional for guidance. Better safe than sorry!


take a break

While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.


• Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

• 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • • 1/2 tsp dill weed • • 1/2 tsp ground mustard 1 tsp dried parsley flakes 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced


1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.

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