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Ethical Wills and Letters of Instructions

Ethical Wills

Meaning and Origins

An ethical will is essentially a document that passes on thoughts, feelings, and values to family and friends. It can be in any form: letter, journal, video tape, recording, manuscript. Unlike a legal will, an ethical will has no legal purpose, and is not a legally binding document, although legal wills and ethical wills often accompany each other. The simplest analogy is this: where a legal will bequeaths valuables, an ethical will bequeaths values.

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