It often proves to be immensely helpful to include a document known as a “letter of final instruction” with a will. Whether or not it is considered to be legally binding, this directive will be beneficial to survivors and the executor(s) of the estate. The letter typically includes valuable information concerning burial arrangements, insurance information, organ donor requests, a list of assets, the location of important documents, personal messages, and information concerning the disposition of less valuable personal effects. As with drawing up a will, writing a letter of instruction can be an unsettling experience because it forces us to face our own mortality. However, once the issue is properly addressed, it makes life (and death) easier for everyone involved.

Do you have any questions about today’s topic? If so please contact ANN M CALLAWAY, P.C., at 540-349-4100 or for an appointment. Since 1988, I’ve handled a wide variety of cases common to individuals and small business in a rural area, including family law, civil litigation, real estate law, bankruptcies, and estate planning. I am proud of my commitment to provide personal one-on-one service to all my clients. My office is located at 15 GARRETT ST., WARRENTON.

HINT: It is advisable to review wills and letters of instruction annually or whenever major changes in life arise.