in     by Danielle Sutcliffe 19-06-2018

The word ‘legacy’ can mean different things to different people. A Google search would give you the following:

“…a gift or a bequest, that is handed down, endowed or conveyed from one person to another. It is something descendible one comes into possession of that is transmitted, inherited or received from a predecessor.”

But surely a legacy is more than the money or assets you leave in a Will? Is it not the thought that goes into making those very gifts; the story that comes with that watch or vase; the memories held in the family photos; the blood, sweat and tears behind every medal of success?

Maybe the legacy you leave will not be a tangible gift at all. Maybe it is the values you have; the way others look up to you as a role model; or the achievements you have made- big or small. The way you touch other peoples lives is a legacy that you don’t even realise you are leaving behind, but your loved ones will carry you in their thoughts for the rest of their lives. Your memory will live on through stories told to younger generations alongside photos that captured those special moments.

Perhaps you are an author and your words will be immortalised in books for all to read. A scientist who carries out ground-breaking medical research. A business owner who supports their local town and people. A mother or father who relentlessly cares for their children. A firefighter, nurse, or police officer who risks their life to save others. A teacher who has taught generation after generation to achieve their dreams. Whatever your accomplishments are, they all form part of your history.

Writing your will is more than deciding who gets all of your worldly goods after you have gone. Regardless of the size of your estate, when you sit down and make your wishes known you may find it harder than you had anticipated to divide up your assets. It is important to seek professional advice as there are many potential issues with leaving gifts that you may not have thought about. Your will is your last chance to have a say about what your legacy will be… don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

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