Basic Questions About Estate Planning – What is a Letter of Instruction?

One of the more potentially useful estate planning documents available today is the letter of instruction. Unlike many other estate planning tools, letters of instruction do not have to meet specific legal requirements, because they are not legally enforceable tools. While it might seem strange that an estate planning attorney would recommend including a non-enforceable tool as a key part of your estate plan, letters of instruction have a specific, and very practical, purpose. Today, we are going to take a look at the letter of instruction, what it is, what it does, and why your estate plan should probably include one. What is a letter of instruction? A letter of instruction is an informal estate planning tool that conveys specific information to your estate administrator. After you die, someone will have to take over managing the property you leave behind. This person is usually known as an estate administrator, but also an executor or personal representative. Though the administrato


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