Ethical wills are written by people who want to leave a written or recorded legacy of their life to their family and friends as a remembrance of who they were. An ethical will is not a legal document. Your Last Will and Testament or your Revocable Living Trust will provide what is legally necessary to ensure a smooth administrative transition after your death. But an ethical will is a way to leave your thoughts after your death. If you are interested in creating your own ethical will, you may want to write down your ideas about things like:
- Your Beliefs, Values and Opinions
- Life Lessons
- Humorous Stories
- Family History
- Turning Points
- Hopes and Dreams
- Family Legacy
- Spiritual Beliefs
How do I begin?
You may want to write one ethical will for all of your loved ones, or write a separate ethical will for each person who is important to you. If you are a good writer, you can write your ethical will by hand or type it on the computer. If it is easier for you, you can tape record your thoughts or even videotape your ethical will. Some people have dictated their ethical wills and had them transcribed. Use whatever method works best for you.
If you want further inspiration, you can go online and read samples of ethical wills. This site provides several examples of ethical wills written by people of all ages.