For most New Jersey residents, the topic of planning one's estate brings to mind a stack of legal documents and directives, and a body of paperwork intended to preserve assets and pass accumulated wealth down to those left behind. While there is no denial that properly drafted estate planning documents form the base, there is another type of writing that individuals should consider adding to the mix. Leaving behind personal letters can make the grieving process much easier for loved ones, and it can also guide them in understanding matters that are beyond the scope of wills and trusts.
For example, each of us holds far more personal possessions than can be addressed within a simple will. These items may hold relatively little financial value, but they can be imbued with deep personal meaning. Taking the time to write a letter or note to the intended recipients of such items can be a very meaningful gesture.