As we pass through life, we make memories, build families, and learn life lessons. Some memories may bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eyes. Even if you’ve been entertaining and instructing family for years, it’s still time to consider writing an ethical will.
Isn’t My Regular Will Enough?
An ethical will may also be known as a legacy letter. It’s something in writing, a written expression, that your family may cherish for years. No matter how well you communicate, it’s unlikely you’ve told every family member every little thing about your life. Well, you can include those details, memories, and lessons in your ethical will.
Some of the things you may want to include are:
- Your complete family history.
- A detailed personal history.
- The theories, beliefs and opinions you hold dear.
- Things you’ve done that you are particularly proud of.
- Actions your loved ones have taken that made you proud, but you somehow never talked about.
- Lessons you learned from your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
- Secrets about your early years that may delight your family.
There’s no wrong way to write your ethical will. Remember, this is not a legally binding document like your Last Will and Testament.
Won’t Writing This Will Take A Long Time?
It’s probably not something you can do in one sitting. Spend some time reflecting on your life. Start a journal or diary and jot down what you think is important. Then, when you are ready, start writing.
Organizing your thoughts is more important than the format you use. You could sort your information into categories or include subheadings like “Our Family History” or “My Early Years.” Keep your ethical will safe by storing it with your other estate planning documents.
When Should I Write My Ethical Will?
That’s up to you and where you are in life right now. People just starting their life’s journey may want to start keeping a journal now. Others may just write their ethical will as important milestones happen.
Make Your Estate Plan Complete.
Estate planning documents give their makers an opportunity to state their final wishes, or what type of medical treatment they want, among other things. While it’s not a legal-binding document, an ethical will can be an important part of your estate plan.
The attorneys at Adams & Miller, P.C. help their clients develop comprehensive estate plans customized to meet their needs. For a free consultation, contact us at 256-251-2137 or use our convenient Contact Form. Although we’re located in Anniston, we also help clients in the Birmingham, Gadsden, Hoover, Talladega, Vestavia Hills, and surrounding areas.
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