Why do I need to hire someone to help me write a letter?

You don’t! But many people find the process intimidating. They don’t know where to start, or they’re not sure what to say, or they keep putting it off. Give me an hour or two of your time, and I’ll give you a beautiful and complete letter—and the peace of mind that it's done.

 

What if I don’t know what to say?

I'll help you. We'll discuss what you feel is important, and then I'll ask questions designed to help you enrich your letter.

 

What if I don’t like what I said?

Change it! You will receive a draft of the letter so you can make any additions and changes. When you are happy with the content, I give it a final edit and proofread. One round of changes is included in the service. Additional edits are charged on an hourly basis.

 

What is the finished product?

For each of your children, you will receive a letter printed on acid-free paper and stored in a matching envelope. You will also receive a digital version, should you desire to make future changes. 

 

Where should I store my legacy letter?

A legacy letter is a priceless heirloom and part of your estate. Store it where you would store your will: in a safety deposit box, a fire-proof safe, or with trusted others.

 

What if I want to write my own letter?

Many people prefer to write their own letter but need help organizing what they want to say. I’m happy to offer consultation services for $100/hr.

 

Is a legacy letter the same thing as an ethical will? 

Yes, the terms are interchangeable. 

 

How is a legacy letter different from a will or a living will?

A will is a legal document that coordinates the distribution of your assets after death or appoints guardians for minor children. A living will, or advance healthcare directive, is a legal document specifying your wishes for end-of-life medical care. Think of a legacy letter as the emotional counterpart to these documents, providing a lasting personal message after death.

Is this like writing my own obituary?

An obituary is usually written about someone and is not typically personal. A legacy letter is an intimate document to be shared with select loved ones.