While it’s easy to get bogged down in the fine details of creating an estate plan, you should also allow yourself some time to consider the religious and ethical implications of the type of plan you make. For many people, religious concerns are very much at the forefront of their minds when they develop their estate plans. Even if you are not very religious, it’s important to consider your legacy and the types of values you want to support as you consider what happens to your property, and your memory, after you die.
Issue 1: Medical Concerns
For some people, an advance medical directive is very simple and conveys their desire to receive any and all medical treatments available. For others, religious or ethical concerns may prompt them to place specific limits on the types of care they receive if they become incapacitated. If you have specific concerns about the kinds of medical treatment you may receive or want to avoid, you may want to review your medical directives and consider what religious implications your choices may have.
Issue 2: Legacy
Contrary to the popular notion, there is no “reading of the Will” after you die. No one will sit your family down in a room and read out the terms of your Last Will and Testament, unless you specifically request such an event. For people who want to make a statement, pass on wisdom, or express their desires after they die, you may want to consider writing a letter, leaving a video, or creating something through which you can express your values and your faith. Aside from inheritances, your family may also appreciate having that one final reminder of you and may use it as a source of inspiration and strength.
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