HOW DOES IT WORK? WHY DOES IT MATTER?
This is a once-per-week course (four sessions) that meets live over Zoom with a small group of like-minded individuals.
You’ll reflect on the values, insights, and stories you'd like to share with loved ones and future generations, and write your very own ethical will using my framework as a guide.
At the end of the class, we’ll print your ethical will on archival quality paper, place it inside a decorative folder, and package it in a keepsake box where you can add any other special mementos for posterity, like handwritten cards, recipes, photos, cufflinks, journals, and more.
So many of us intend to get around writing an ethical will. But life gets busy. This is your chance to make it happen -- and to leave an enduring gift for your family, one that links the generations by preserving your reflections and memories.
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History and Overview of Ethical Wills | What’s possible? | Introduction to possible legacy themes | Who is this for? | What do you want to say?
Write an Outline
Identify one to three themes or main components for the body of your ethical will | Think about how the ethical will can support or clarify your legal will | Select stories, poems, letters and/or other items that you may wish to include either in the will or in the keepsake box | Draft the beginning of the will - the salutation and overview.
Put It All Together
Finish the overview letter | Write the body of the ethical will - about your values, perspective, life lessons | Polish other components you wish to include - stories, letters | Gather any special images.
Celebrate and Share
Decide when and how to present your ethical will | Share highlights with the group | Send us your ethical will to be printed and assembled into a keepsake folder and box | Go forward with the peace of mind to live your values.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Rose Community Foundation
Nancy Sharp’s work with Rose Community Foundation’s legacy donors on writing their ethical wills was impactful for the participants personally, and significantly deepened their relationship with the Foundation. Through Nancy’s expert guidance and individual coaching, the participants experienced the act of transmitting values to the next generation in meaningful and intentional ways. There is no doubt that this work will enhance philanthropy both to the Rose Community Foundation, as well as in our greater Denver community.
Howard Kaplan, CIMA, MBA, AIF®
KLK Wealth Management Group
Being in the business for over 20 years, I have seen firsthand the need for family members to create an Ethical Will to complement their Estate Planning Documents. I decided to work with Nancy myself to help me articulate my deepest values and identify the family stories that I want to share with my loved ones. I am very excited to have a resource to recommend to clients who are looking to capture a more personal element to their estate planning.
Writing my ethical will was an extraordinary and special experience. And Nancy was a terrific guide. I consider my ethical will to be an important part of the legacy I plan to pass along to my children, grandchildren, and community.
Nancy Sharp is a rare talent and an inspired gift. My wife and I were privileged to be part of a process she led among a dozen people in which each of us developed our own, very personal "ethical will" or words we wish to leave behind. Nancy is masterful at this craft, meeting people where they are at in their life, helping them overcome resistance and barriers, and bringing out their deepest thoughts and sentiments. She has my immense gratitude.
For years I've thought about what I wanted to tell my children and grandchildren but was never able to put it on paper before. Writing my ethical will is a treasure that gives them an enduring sense of who I really am.
Your deeply-held values are at the heart of your ethical will.
Get your thinking started by downloading my free Writing Your Legacy workbook.
How is an ethical will organized? Ask yourself whether you'd like one ethical will or prefer separate letters for different family members. Consider your audience.
How long does it need to be? An ethical will is typically two to ten pages, sometimes more.
Will I have the chance to amend my ethical will over time? Yes. Chances are that your values and core beliefs will remain the same, but circumstances and priorities might shift. You can certainly add to and/or change your ethical will in the future.
Isn't the ethical just my life story? No. The ethical will is a means to distill your thoughts and feelings about what matters most to you. It enables you to share important information and life lessons. You may want to write more about your story or meaningful life moments through Guided Autobiography.