But there are so many more things that make up legacies. Paper, can help with the important ones. This is something I talk about at my own website, An Organized (after)Life.
The Wall Street Journal recently talked about how people are returning to recipe cards. Pinterest and other digital systems are great, but how can other people access your go-to recipes? Even if they can find something digitally, nothing replaces your handwriting. If you’re a cook or a baker, your loved ones turning to your time-tested recipes and seeing your handwriting, get a special piece of you.
A list of meaningful music or your journal, in your handwriting, are ways to pass on your memories and values. At holiday time or at upcoming weddings, think about making a binder of laminated recipes from people important to the couple. My husband and I got one and it’s a cherished item for important cooking.
As you think about estate planning, think about how you will pass on legacies more important than money.
Jennifer Gumbel is an estate planning and probate lawyer in Austin, Minnesota. She takes her morbid nerd-dom to another level by talking about how to organize your after life, with the website An Organized (after)Life and the podcast, An Organized (after)Life, which you can find on the website, Spreaker and ITunes. You can also find her on Instagram with pics on death organizing and small town Minnesota life at the handle @jengumbel.