Estate planning is not something you do for yourself. It is something you do for others. For all of us, there will come a time when we are no longer here. Your estate plan, in part, formulates your legacy. Through the planning and drafting of your will or trust, you can express your gratitude for those individuals or organizations you value through word and deed. Not all estate plans and beneficiaries are filled with gratitude but through your actions you can help facilitate more gratitude throughout the process.
Remember: No one is entitled to an inheritance. All should acknowledge the grace of the provider of the inheritance. All should cultivate gratitude in receiving the gifts they receive. Gratitude and estate planning go hand in hand. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and reflect on all we have, we should contemplate how we have planned for our affairs. With some thought and guidance, you can help foster gratitude within your estate plan.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Scarola Law Team