Last Will and Testament: Dear Friends and Family

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As an elder law and estate planning attorney, I ensure that my clients’ wishes are memorialized in a legally binding manner, creating various estate planning documents, such as Last Wills and Testaments, that clearly reflect disposition of assets once a person dies. Above and beyond describing who gets assets and who will serve as Executor of a Last Will and Testament, more clients are choosing to complete separate documents with lasting emotional, if not legal, meaning.  The link below, to an excellent New York Times article, details the trend. The idea is that we leave behind not merely money or things, but that we affect our friends and loved ones in a more emotional manner. Many clients are writing these family and/or friend letters to let loved ones know how much they mean to us, recall treasured life events or memories, forgive events in the past, apologize or ask forgiveness. The article provides a link to a helpful “Dear Friends and Family” template.  I recommend to clients that if they complete this document, store it with the Last Will and Testament and request that the Executor distribute it to loved ones when we pass.

Dear Friends and Family Template