The way that you will be remembered after you pass away is considered to be your legacy. You can keep this in mind when you are making decisions throughout your life, and legacy planning is a very real facet of a comprehensive estate plan.
Part of this is keeping your reputation intact as you build a substantial body of work. If your work is something that will continue to exist after you pass away, your legacy will have a particular solidity to it.
Such is the case with the recently deceased musician Ray Manzarek. The keyboardist was one of the founding members of the seminal rock band The Doors.
The music that he was part of represents a large portion of his legacy. However, Manzarek also took the time to write the book Light My Fire that was published in 1999 about his experiences in The Doors.
With this in mind, you may want to consider sharing your own stories with your loved ones (and perhaps ancestors that are yet unborn) by authoring your memoirs and including them among your estate planning documents.
When you have lived a long life, you have invariably had many experiences that others could draw from. In addition, you would be leaving behind your perspective on the events that shaped the evolving society within which you lived, and this would be an invaluable history lesson.
They say that everyone has a book in them, and it’s up to you to let it out.
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