Do you have a will?
More than half of Americans don’t have a will. Have you ever heard it referred to as “a love letter to your family”? Does thinking of it that way encourage you to stop avoiding this awkward topic?
A will is part of planning for your legacy, certainly, but there’s much more to your legacy than that. I’m calling the whole package “A Valentine for Your Family” because I’m writing this in February, but it’s also a gift to yourself when you consider the peace of mind that comes with addressing these issues.
A will is your last chance to communicate with your loved ones. Don’t miss the opportunity to show them how much you care! Think about how you would feel. Would you rather be left clear instructions? Or no instructions at all? Do you want to burden your family by forcing them to make a ton of decisions on top of grieving your loss?
MY valentine to YOU is this Legacy Resource Roundup:
Each category contains blog articles, checklists, and other types of resources to help you navigate this sometimes-difficult topic.
- Start a Conversation with Your Family
- Talking about death won’t kill you, LOL!
- Declutter & Organize Your Stuff
- Will your kids view your things as keepsakes or clutter?
- Preserve Your Family History
- Organize your research so it makes sense and doesn’t get tossed.
- Organize Your Photos
- Gather, sort, organize, archive, backup, maintain, display, and share your favorite photos!
- Organize Your Estate Paperwork
- Collect important documents and make sure someone knows where they are.
- Create a Will (or Two)
- Make a traditional will and/or trust… and a virtual will for your digital estate.
- Plan to Age & Die with Dignity
- Consider downsizing, end of life care…and funerals.
Since not everyone leaves a tidy estate, here’s another section that will probably come in handy for you:
- What to Do When Someone Else Dies
- Including a checklist.
Click here to review the resources. Focus on one category at a time. Don’t worry that you can’t do it all at once. Like any gift, it’s up to you how much or how little you want to give. Just pick something that’s been on your mind and do it. When you are finished with that, pick the next highest priority area to work on. Ask for help if you need it. If you run out of time, well, at least you died trying!
Have you had a conversation with your family about end of life matters?
Do you think your family will appreciate your efforts?
Please share in the comments below!
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