Extend your Legacy in three easy steps:
- Prayer of a Good and Faithful Servant
- What Does God Say About Providing for My Family?
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Belivers
- 5 Best Ways to Bless Your Family’s Future
- What Happens If I Die With out a Will?
- Top 10 Reasons to Update Your Will
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Get a Will
- One of the best ways to steward the resources entrusted to you is to have an up-to-date Will that reflects your personal values, provides for your loved ones, and blesses the charities you care about. Below we’ve included some practical resources to help you begin your journey.
Use the list below to multiply the blessing of your Will to you, your family, and the ministries you love.
- An Ethical Will
- Ethical Will Worksheet
- Sample Legacy Love Letter
- Setting Up Your Legacy File
- Notice of Bequest Letter
- Other Ways to Give
3 Ways to Avoid Family Heartache
Some families make surprising discoveries after a loved one dies. As one blogger recalls, “My mom’s step-grandpa told everyone he was an electrician that was often called to do repair jobs out of town. After he died, the family received a letter from the president of the United States, revealing he was actually a demolitions expert and worked in some sort of special ops bomb squad for the military. Even his wife had no idea.”
But not every revelation is such an admirable one. Some families discover their loved one was hiding an addiction or debt. Many children are stunned to discover they were omitted from their parents’ will – with no chance for an explanation. Not only is this bewildering and hurtful, it’s ultimately the last message a parent sends to their child. These heartaches can be avoided. Here’s where to start:
- Construct a plan. Did you know 60 percent of Americans do not have an estate plan? Creating a will is actually a simple process but the impact is monumental. An up-to-date will can ensure your loved ones are provided for without additional expense and frustration.
- Communicate your heart. Once you’ve created an estate plan, it’s important to explain the decisions you’ve made. Some families experience complicated relationships or situations where receiving an inheritance could actually be detrimental. It’s better to be honest than to leave a lifetime of questions. It can also be a wonderful time to speak from your heart. Share about your personal values, causes or organizations you’ve cared about or chosen to include in your will.
- Collect information. Many people create a “love drawer” or “love file” to gather important information their loved ones will need in the future. This could include legal documents, financial account information, insurance policies, passwords, medical wishes, or personal letters sharing how much they’ve meant to you.
Romans 12:18 is a great reminder of how we should live with others –
and the lengths we should explore to keep peace even after we pass.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
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