When you are undertaking any type of endeavor, you can cover the bare minimum, or you can go the extra mile and act in a more comprehensive way. This dynamic enters the process of estate planning. You could put a very basic estate plan in place that would be better than nothing, or you could alternately engage in a process called legacy planning.
A basic estate plan would typically include a last will, and those who want to cover the basics will also create some essential incapacity planning documents like a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.
The above strategy could provide basic protections, but many people take a broader, more comprehensive approach, as they engage in legacy planning. When you plan your legacy, you consciously shape the way that you will be remembered after you pass away.
A legacy plan could include acts of charitable giving. When you give to worthy causes, you leave a lasting impression, and you will be remembered for your generous nature. There are those who create charitable foundations, and charitable trusts can also be useful for many individuals. Donor advised funds are another option if you want to support charitable causes.
There is also the matter of family history. As you get older, you become the only form of access to family history that younger family members have. You can record this history when you craft your legacy so that family members can draw from it after you are gone.
Heirlooms are also important when it comes to family history. The heirlooms that you have in your possession are historical artifacts, you can be very selective with regard to the way that you pass these along.
Moral and Spiritual Values
Family members may have approached you over the years when they were looking for guidance. Though you will not always be around in the flesh to provide it, you can leave behind an ethical will. With this type of will, you share your moral and spiritual values.
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