I read a book lately titled “Your Legacy of Love” by Gemini Adams. There is a great deal of interesting information in this book which describes the importance of leaving an emotional legacy and not just focusing on the estate planning of your material goods. At WillsMalaysia our tagline says “Your Legacy, You Decide” but it does not mean your physical accumulation of wealth only. It encompasses the emotional legacy you have collected over your lifetime. The author started an online survey asking: What would you prefer if one of your parents died: to inherit their wealth or a letter saying how much they loved you? Over 90% expressed a wish for the loving letter. The book explains that:
“our real wealth lies not in our Financial Assets, but our Emotional Assets: the stories, lessons, values, image, voice and love that makes us who we are. By sharing these in a legacy of love, we can leave our children, partners, and grandchildren a precious gift they will treasure forever, and: – reduce the suffering for our survivors.”
Now you are asking – what does this have to do with me writing a Will? Most people procrastinate and come up with all kind of excuses
“I’m gone, so why should I care”
“It’s obvious who will get what, I don’t see why I need a Will”
“I still have time”
My brother was 49 when he went to bed one night and did not get up th enext morning. We all take time for granted. These are thoughtless attitudes. At a time when your family and loved ones will be struggling with your loss, the best gift you can give them from the beyond that can help them tremendously is by having a Will in place. The difference in having to administer an estate with, or without a Will is very, very different, night and day as we have explained in our previous articles. If you have a Will and have named an Executor (and guardian for your children), it can be a relatively straightforward business and your loved ones can receive their instructions and financial inheritance quickly and efficiently. If you don’t have a Will, you have probably left your family with a nightmare.
In your everyday life you would unlikely show this level of “tidak apa, don’t care” to anybody, certainly not for your family.
It’s the right thing to do. Do not leave your loved ones with a mess to sort out. Visit WillsMalaysia now and start for FREE. And once this is in place, spend some time thinking about your emotional legacy where you can use out FREE service called MyLastWish to record or email your loving thoughts and messages to anyone. The messages will only be sent when you have passed on.