The Wealth of Your Life:
A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will

A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will

A 36 page four-color illustrated guidebook provides a comfortable, five step path for you, or a loved one, to create an Ethical Will.

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This is a visually stunning book with immense heart.  It manages to be both inspirational and practical at the same time.  Susan Turnbull has succeeded in crafting the perfect guide to one of the most loving acts we can do for our family – creating an ethical will.  I recommend it highly to families I work with.

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Dr. James Grubman, FamilyWealth Consulting

Ethical Wills

What is an ethical will?

An ethical will is a letter or recording created for your descendants or other loved ones. Although often shared during life, an ethical will is created intentionally to last beyond your lifetime – for the purpose of communicating feelings, values, wisdom, stories, wishes, advice or important information.

History: A fresh take on an ancient practice

The impulse to communicate what we think is important to those we love is as old as the human race. But it was 12th century Jewish men who began to formalize an oral tradition into a written one. The earliest medieval documents were personal treatises on how to live an ethical life, written from father to son.

The stern, prescriptive tone of the old Hebrew ethical wills no longer fits our modern worldly sensibilities, but this wise and ancient practice is now enjoying a renaissance. It speaks to people of all ages and traditions who are seeking a pathway to reflect on their own life journey, and to lovingly and naturally reinforce the core values they hope they are transmitting to those who will follow them.

Read some examples of contemporary ethical wills

Spiritual and legal perspectives on ethical wills

“The young doctor, father of two little girls, knew …”

Read this lawyer’s excellent background article on ethical wills that appeared in the ACTEC Journal

“Do you have a will? We know we should – our culture and and experience tell us that. As an affluent and acquisitive lot, we want and have, lots of things…”

Read this minister’s thoughts on the contemporary relevance of ethical wills
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