Getting Started with your Ethical Will | by Rick Law, Estate Planning Attorney for Retirees in Suburban Chicagoland

Here are some questions to help you to start thinking about what you would like to put into your Ethical Will.  Read through them and jot down some ideas… and think of new topics you would like to delve into in your letter.

After you make your preliminary notes, take a day or two to let them “marinate” because you may find your memories become richer as you continue to think. Then you can use your important life lessons and wishes to create a priceless heirloom for your loved ones.

1. What is your earliest memory?
2. What is your happiest childhood memory?
3. What were you like as a child?
4. What were your parents like? Did you have any siblings?
5. What funny stories do you remember about your family?
6. What were you like as a teenager? Did you ever do something mischievous or outrageous?
7. What was a dream or goal you had as a young person? Did you achieve it?
8. What did you do for a living once you were out of school?
9. What would you consider to be your life’s work?
10. What is your greatest passion?
11. If you are married, how did you meet your spouse?
12. Are you a person of faith? How has this directed the course of your life?
13. What was the best advice your parents or someone else close to you ever gave you?
14. What values did you try to pass on to your children?
15. What did your children teach you?
16. What qualities do you admire most in your children and grandchildren?
17. What has been one of the happiest days of your life?
18. What was the most difficult thing you had to face in your lifetime?
19. What single event taught you a great life lesson?
20. What is your greatest accomplishment?
21. What decade of life have you most enjoyed so far? Why?
22. If you had your life to live over, is there any one thing you would change?
23. What do you fear most?
24. What is your recipe for a happy, successful life?
25. How do you want to be remembered?
26. What would you still like to accomplish?

If you’re ready to start gathering your thoughts and getting your estate in order so you can leave something behind, please give our office a call at 800-310-3100. Your first consultation is absolutely free.  We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to get started on the elder journey responsibly.  Call now.


Rick L. Law, Attorney and Estate Planner for Retirees.

Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine,, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future.  Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care.  Appointments available in Chicago, Aurora, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Joliet.  Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!

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