Last week I bravely asked you to do something for yourself–write down what you own. I am sure most of you thought “I don’t have time to do that right now” or “I already know what I own. I don’t need to write it down.” It is enlightening to look at what is written down, and the first thing that many ask themselves when they do this is “Who am I going to give this to when I am gone?” At tax time, we are all aware of what we own, and the legacy we have created through the years.
Do you have a will, a durable power of attorney for finances, and a durable power of attorney for health care? These three documents are the basic estate planning documents, and can help you be assured that your legacy will continue for your loved ones and that both you and your family will be protected. With a valid will, written and legally authenticated, your wishes can be carried out without costing your family unnecessary financial hardship or emotional stress.
There are several ways to accomplish this. Lutheran Church Extension Fund has some excellent planning tools, and recently developed a legacy guide that I find very helpful. You can see this by going to http://gifting.lcef.org/
I will be attending parish nurse conferences and classes for the next two weekends but will be available during the week to help you with resources if you do not have access to a computer. It is my hope that we all can proudly say, “I have my legacy plan.”
Enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine, and I hope you are adding some exercise to the daily routine to help keep you fit for the Lord’s work in His kingdom.
In His service,
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace
Please join us on Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 am for our monthly
Tea & Talk.
We will be discussing (or laughing) about “Humor and Health.” Stand by for a fun fellowship!