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Updating My Will and Last Testament

IMG_1517 Today I met with a lawyer to update my "Will and Last Testament". The first Will and Last Testament was written up while we lived in Birmingham and only had two children when I was 29 years old.

I was a poor Campus Outreach staff guy who didn't have to think long about who to leave all my worldly possessions to.

I liked my desk, lamp, and some books in the closest which I used to get through graduate school. I guess one of the boys could have all that.

The money left in the bank would be enough for Jill to take the boys to the State Fair and even get popcorn!

Times have changed. I'm 50 years old and have counted down that if I live to 86 like my grandfather, I have 13,140 days left on earth. I think about things a lot differently than when I was 26 years old. I now have six boys, a nice desk, two lamps, tons of books and more money in the bank.

Updating my Will has made me ask some questions which are great for anyone to ask.

  • What "worldly possessions" do I value the most?
  • Who would I want to get my "worldly possessions"?
  • What do I need to do to get my financial house in order?
  • Besides "worldly possessions" what would I want to leave as a legacy?
  • If a good name is better than riches, how can I leave a good name?
  • Are there people that I need to get right with?
  • What will my family think and feel when they read my Will?
  • What priorities would I want to change now in light of my eminent death?
  • To what degree is my spiritual house in order?

These have been powerful questions to consider. These are the type of questions I ask my leadership coaching clients about their life.

What are some you think of?

Charles Hooper, Jr.