Written by attorney Inna Fershteyn

Estate Essentials: What Do I Include in My Explanatory Letter?

An explanatory letter is a document that gives the owner of the will, the testator, the chance to explain, in as much detail as desired, how and why they wish to distribute their property as they have laid out.

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As mentioned previously, an explanatory letter will likely be the last time your loved ones will ever hear from you. It’s important to make sure that anything you wish to tell them, whether it relates to how your assets will be allocated or even personal lessons that you want them to be aware of, is written in the letter. If you or a loved one are looking are looking to draft a will, or have any questions about the explanatory letter, we highly recommend that you consult with a licensed estate planning attorney who will guide you through the rough waters of estate planning.

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