What Is an Ethical Will?

An ethical will is one way to find peace of mind

By leaving a piece of your mind for your loved ones.

An ethical will, also called a legacy letter, is a document written to pass on important considerations, such as experiences, values, wisdom, and blessings, to loved ones. An ethical will can be shared with family members or friends either at the time it is written, or preserved to be read after the author’s death.

Originated as the Jewish tradition of passing down values orally, ethical wills have been around for over 3,500 years. Modern audiences find an updated approach appeals to their current needs to leave a similar legacy.

Components of an Ethical Will:

  1. Opening
  2. History – Past & Present
  3. Life Experiences
  4. Personal Values
  5. Hopes for the Future
  6. Closing

Ethical Wills Template

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