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What is an Ethical Will?

La Jolla Beach,

San Diego, California

What is LegacyWriting?

​​​​​Jami Lynn Sands

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This can also be worked into your life story or done separately, but it mainly deals with the emotional and perhaps, the spiritual side of your personality. In other words, it is about who you are as a person. It will state your values, beliefs and the lessons life has taught you. In addition, not only will it list yours, but especially your hopes and dreams for those who follow you. They will know without a doubt, what you are about and the concerns of your heart.



Basically, it is the recording of your life story or any portion of it in written, audio, or both forms. We all have memories that include the facts, the experience of it, the feelings and emotions involved, and what we learned from it. We strive to capture these memories and format them in story form so that you will be proud to share them with your descendants. You need not include anything you don’t wish to, but keep in mind that those who read it will not only better understand what you were going through at that time, why you made the choices you made, and possibly learn from them. They will also be grateful that you shared them. Anyway, any secrets always have a way of coming out. Isn’t it better that they hear the story from your perspective?


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       There is no greater gift that we can ever give to our descendants than the gift of a legacy. Not a distribution of our possessions, but a written or oral record of our lives, letting them know who we were, where they came from, and the meaning of our lives.

       By the same token, we can give that gift to our living ancestors (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles) as well, by arranging for them to get their lives and thoughts recorded now. It will jog their precious memories and not only make them aware of the memory, but of what they were feeling at the time. It is especially important that they make note of what they have learned from the experiences. This they can pass on to their heirs. Imagine having been able to read the memoirs of your grandparents or your great-grandparents. What valuable lessons might you have learned that would have helped you understand how things in your life came to be? How did they handle the joys and sorrows in their lives?
         The purpose is to help you obtain and preserve these facts, memories, and lessons, before they are lost forever. I know first hand what I have lost by waiting too long and I am determined to do my part to see that it doesn’t happen to you. Several options are offered to assist you in achieving that goal. The cost is determined by a number of things.

1. The size and scope of your project. Is it an entire life you want to document or specific events? The interview process, while it can be lengthy, is worth it and is normally done in intervals either in person or by phone, if necessary.

2. The amount of data you would like included, such as facts, stories, photos, and memorabilia. It is up to you.

3. Depending on the size of the project, it may require several weeks or months to complete.


4. Whether or not any research is required.

It works a little like ghostwriting, depending on how much information you are able to supply. I will fill in with info acquired through interviews.