I would like to pass along some advice that applies to everyone no matter their age or wealth. Take some time to write a letter to each of your loved ones. Use this letter to pass along advice or to tell someone how proud you are of them. If this letter is for a child or grandchild, you may also use this letter to provide family history.
I personally have set aside time in the month of August to write a letter to my little daughter, Erin. Even though she is not yet able to read, I still think it is important to start this letter for her. I want her to know about my childhood, how her father and I met, important things about her relatives, and how I feel about her. Although I plan on telling her all of these things, it will mean a lot to her in the future have this in writing. I plan on revising or adding to this letter each year. I may or may not give it to her in the future. I may keep this letter (and all of its revisions and additions) with my estate planning documents for her to read upon my passing. No matter when she eventually reads this, it will provide her with the knowledge of where she came from and how loved she is. She may choose to pass this letter along to future generations so that they too will know about their family.
Just a little time and thought from us now for those we love most will surely have a significant and tender impact later in their lives.
Contributed by MH Phoenix attorney and partner Katherine A. O'Connell
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