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Ethical Wills: A New Responsibility Senior Assisted Living Residents Are Taking Up

Many people put a will together early in life or at least after they have children. Wills are created so that assets can be distributed among children and other family members as per your wish after you are no more. Wills provide assurance that your children will be taken care of once you are gone. A secure feeling is the end result of creating a will. It is satisfying to know that your money, property and other investments are going into the right hands. Seniors today are in the best health they’ve ever been. Senior citizens are more active, healthy and living longer. If  you are a senior that is healthy and in good shape, now is the time to ensure your affairs are all taken care of. The information for your will should be stored away by someone you trust. You should give clear instructions in the event of your unexpected departure.

Throughout this process, many people forget about what is called an ethical will. An ethical will is not like any other document you’ve ever prepared.  This document has nothing to do with your money, property or investments. It does not distribute property or instruct your loved ones on how you want your affairs to be handled.  Instead, your ethical values will pass along to your loved ones so they can understand something about where you came from and their family roots. This is something more precious than property or financial investments.  It passes along your values and will teach them about how to live their own lives. Many senior Assisted Living residents are forming their ethical wills to be given to the loved ones that they leave behind.

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In many ways, the ethical will takes much more thought and planning than a conventional will.  The ethical will could be given to the same person who holds responsibility for your regular will or to any other family member or loved ones you feel should have it. Ethical wills really say a lot about who you are as a person and the kind of life you lived. In many ways it is more precious than the finances or property you may pass down to your family members through you conventional will. Many Assisted Living Facilities are encouraging their senior patients to create ethical wills to give their family members. It is common practice to have ethical wills read at funeral services and death anniversaries.

Ethical wills can be passed down as a family heirloom. Imagine the beauty of having a document written by your grandparents or great grandparents that spoke of their passion, heritage and principles of living. An ethical will can signify your family values that hopefully will be passed down to you and each generation that comes after you. Thinking about leaving an Ethical will for your friends or family members is always a good idea.  If you are not sure how to begin, the Internet can give you a lot of information and ideas about ethical wills. Assisted Living Communities will give you a lot of insight on this subject. If you take the time to put down on paper how you want the essence of yourself passed on, it will be a great source of comfort to you and the loved ones you leave behind.
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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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