The dozens of voice recordings, left on the phones of victims’ families, are easily among the most powerful stories made public by the recent ribbon-cutting at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. These last messages to their loved ones are profoundly moving and will help communicate the tragedy that occurred that day to generations to come.
It’s not unusual for family members to keep voicemails and answering machine messages left by their loved ones for years after their deaths. Even a quick greeting can become a keepsake–a lasting reminder of who that person was. Hearing the voice of someone you love and miss can be an invaluable comfort.
Today’s technology makes it possible for us to give our loved ones even more, something that will communicate who you were and what you valued–your history, life lessons, and whatever else you feel is too important to die with you.
This is one of those easy things that people have a strong desire to do, yet have difficulty getting around to. Afterall, we never know when our time may come and to record any “final thoughts” confronts us with our eventual mortality. Worse, even if you do get around to crafting that message, it can fall through the cracks and never reach its intended recipients without proper preparation. Our words are too precious to leave to chance.
As an estate planning attorney, this idea makes up a core part of the plans I offer. A family legacy video goes beyond mere assets, allowing you to leave behind your own story, as well as any aspirations you hold for your loved ones. This gift may endure in your family, cherished and remembered, forever!
Your own parents and grandparents may have passed down family photos, diaries, and scrapbooks, some dating back to their ancestors. If those faded photos could talk, what would they have to say? The photos of the past give clues about who they were, but so much is left unsaid. What you leave behind is about more than just money; it’s a lasting legacy of the invaluable intangibles. Help your children and your children’s children understand who you were–give voice to your insights, values, and experiences. I feel deeply honored to be able to provide this for our clients.
Call our office at (612) 206-3701 or fill out our contact form to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about this in a family estate planning consultation, where we can identify the best ways for you to ensure your legacy of love and financial security for your family.