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


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What’s new about the third edition? In the same lucid format, there are even more prompts, questions, and helpful examples, all embedded in easy to follow steps. There’s no better starting point to get thoughts and experiences down – whether the aim is to create a short ethical will, or to launch a memoir or personal  history.

The best tool on the market

An elegantly designed spiral bound guidebook provides an excellent introduction to the concept of an ethical will, and lays out a comfortable, five-step path for creation of a written document or recording.

Use it to:

  • Weigh a range of potential material and find your own focus
  • Identify stories,  threads and themes to weave into your personal legacy document
  • Develop an outline from which your document or recording can flow
  • Feel the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from creating your ethical will
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I’m not sure who enjoyed The Wealth of Your Life the most:  my father, who completed his ethical will with it, or his family, who never tire of reading what Dad and Grandpa had to say.

Attorney John A. Warnick

Susan Turnbull’s elegant step-by-step guide to creating an ethical is a great guidebook for people who are wondering how to leave meaningful messages for their heirs but don’t know where to start.  The writing prompts should get you thinking and help you organize your thoughts. The book is structured to keep the writing process from being daunting — leading you to create your legacy message one sentence at a time. And if you are one of the potential heirs, CONSIDER GIVING this to your parents, thereby letting them know you want them to share their wisdom and experience with you.

Pat McNees, co-editor Your Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History and past President of the Association of Personal Historians

I  highly recommend Susan Turnbull’s The Wealth of Your Life.  This updated, thorough guide takes an important, meaningful, and somewhat daunting task and breaks it down into doable, step-by-step actions that anyone can do in a timely fashion. Taking the time to capture and write what matters most to you is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your loved ones — at any age!  Having lost my mother suddenly to a brain aneurism when she was 44, I continue to long for her and so wish she had written her Ethical Will for me and my brothers (and our children).  While I’m grateful for her necklace around my neck, I feel the loss of the story behind it that none of us will ever know.

Emily Bouchard, co-author, Estate Planning for the Blended Family