A Legacy Love Letter (sometimes referred to as an “Ethical Will”) is a document that traces its origins to Genesis 49:1-33, when a dying Jacob gathered his sons to offer them his blessing.
Because a Legacy Love Letter is not a legal document, and is not made for the purpose of distributing assets, the content and form of your letter is up to you. Here are three themes you may wish to cover in your Legacy Love Letter:
- Beliefs and Values. What do you believe about God? What are your guiding principles when it comes to marriage, raising children, church and ministry, handling money, etc.
- Life Lessons. What were some of the defining moments of your life, and what did you learn from them? What experiences and people are you most grateful for?
- Message of Hope. What are some of the most meaningful passages of Scripture to you? What message of hope and encouragement do you wish to leave to your family and friends?
Faith and Family Resources:
- Purpose of a Legacy Love Letter
- Sample Legacy Love Letter
- Setting up Your Legacy File
- Notice of Bequest Letter
- Recommended Resources
- Next Steps in Your Journey
This information is not intended as legal, accounting or other professional advice. For assistance in charitable planning, consult an attorney for legal advice or the services of a qualified professional.