If you are among the 44% of Americans who have a legal will, you’ve taken an important step to help your family know your wishes and make appropriate decisions.1 But there’s another step you might take as well, and it’s easier than drafting a will.
A letter of instruction has no formal legal status, and you can write it yourself in any way you choose. But it could be just as important to help your loved ones settle your estate and move forward with their lives. Think of it as a roadmap for your family.
Here are some issues you may want to address in a letter of instruction.
Keep your letter of instruction in a safe, yet accessible place and tell your loved ones where it can be found. It might be wise to give a copy of the letter to the executor of your estate and other trusted friends or advisors.
Be sure to review the letter and update it as appropriate. Your heirs will thank you for taking the time to prepare.
1) Gallup, 2016
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