Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” – Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)

This hump day Brandon Legal Group’s words of wisdom come from Mitch Albom. He is a famous journalist, screenwriter, author, broadcaster, and musician. In his novel and memoir Tuesdays With Morrie, Albom writes, “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone”. Although the quote comments on the subject of death and can be a bit depressing, it brings up a good thought as well. While you push though the rest of your week, remember to put your loved ones first. Make time for the people who mean the most to you and continue to build those loving bonds. When you do pass on, they will have those memories of the time you spent together.

But what if these memories could be contained in tangible objects? Sometimes the most inexpensive of heirlooms can be the most meaningful. That decorative plastic vase that will always remind you of your mother. Your grandparents’ love letters from during the war. Your aunt’s photo album that contains pictures from multiple generations. Although these objects may not be worth a lot of money, they are priceless when someone dies. It is important to make matters easier for your loved ones after you pass by getting your affairs in order when you are alive. Have a will that divides your most valuable (monetary and sentimental) possessions. You may be surprised what objects people would like when you are gone, so ask them now. An up-to-date will may also be a way to share something with grandchildren who could be too young to have a lot of memories of you before you are gone. The estate planning attorneys of Brandon Legal Group are here to help you pass on your legacy.