By Matthew A. Ferri, Esq. Legacy planning involves passing down values, wisdom, or experiences throughout your life. This is similar to estate planning, where it focuses on your assets, such as who inherits, when they inherit and how to best protect yourself and your family. Legacy planning, on the other hand, focuses on the intangible assets of your life. Both involve passing down the most important aspects of your life to the next generation.
One way to begin your legacy planning is writing a message or two for your family to receive later. These letters could include:
If you are having difficulty beginning this process, you can recall some of your fondest memories that you wish to reflect upon. You can also think about the different values you have tried teaching and why they are important to you. You may also consider what you want your children, grandchildren, and other family members’ attitudes to be towards the world. But really, any words you wish to share with your loved ones can be a part of your legacy planning.
During the overall planning process, most people are focused on the financial aspects of their lives. This would include assets such as your real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, savings bonds, or even jewelry. While financial planning is an important aspect of planning, it is also important to consider what wisdom, in addition to material wealth, you would like to pass down to the next generation. If you have questions or would like to learn more about legacy planning, you can contact our office to set up a complimentary initial consultation, (248) 409-0256.