Every family has stories and lessons that are intangible assests of the family. The philosopher Abraham Maslow said, “The ultimate disease of our time is valuelessness.” Poll results show that boomers agree. But how do you pass on something so intangible as a value?
Giving a gift is one thing, giving a lesson is another entirely. With a gift, you may make another happy, but with a lesson, you may make another wise. Interestingly, intangible gifts such as wisdom and values are of rising concern with baby boomers.
This concern is evidenced by the findings in a recent survey, as reported in an article in TIME Magazine’s Moneyland. In the article, titled “How to Give Heirs What They Most Want (It Won’t Cost Much),” more and more people consider “family stories” to be their greatest legacy, along with the lessons behind them. In fact, a whopping 86% of boomers named “family stories” as the most important part of their legacy, even if they also had complex assets to leave or a family tradition of wealth to continue.
Against this backdrop, the question today, as it has always been, is about how to instill or commemorate such values and heritage. The article concludes with this thought:
“It takes reflection to understand what is most important in your life and how you might get that message to heirs. But it won’t be a waste of time. Sometimes a scrapbook is worth more than an investment portfolio.”
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Reference: TIME Moneyland (June 12, 2012) “How to Give Heirs What They Most Want (It Won’t Cost Much)”