There was not anyone in my family who was quite like my Aunt Linda. When Aunt Linda died from cancer at age 65, it was a tragedy for the whole family.
As the caring woman she was, Aunt Linda left us all, in her estate plan, $100 with a personalized note. This was to be a little token to all of her nieces and nephews to signify how much we meant to her.
Each handwritten note expressed Aunt Linda’s love and admiration for each of her nieces and nephews. While this was a small token of a person who truly meant so much to so many of us, it was typical of Aunt Linda’s style: simple, yet heartfelt.
I was fully aware that this $100 had greater value than if I had just happened upon this same money on the street. I knew that I couldn’t just spend this money at the grocery store or on drinks at the bar. This money should be used to buy something meaningful—something that Aunt Linda would approve of or would’ve bought for me if she was still alive. I wanted something that would remind me of Aunt Linda every time I looked at it, something tangible and meaningful.
Some of my earliest memories with Aunt Linda were our monthly shopping trips. Aunt Linda, who had no female children of her own, loved to take me out shopping and show me the latest trends. Through my shopping trips with Aunt Linda, I developed a passion for fashion, and this passion bonded Aunt Linda and I.
Keeping that in mind, I went to the mall to Aunt Linda’s favorite jewelry store and bought a rose gold necklace. To this day, every time I wear that necklace, I think of Aunt Linda, and I am reminded of all that she taught me. As silly as it may sound, wearing this necklace reminds me to be compassionate and loving just like Aunt Linda, and to remember to always accessorize.
As difficult as it may be to think about death, it is important to think about what you may leave behind to the ones you love. Even a simple gift like the one that Aunt Linda gave me can make a difference in a loved one’s life forever. A carefully crafted estate plan can ensure that everyone you love can receive a token of your affection and care for them.
Contact Hatley Law Group A P.C. to start getting your plan in place today. What token of your love might you leave to your nieces, nephews, cousins, friends . . .