A letter of instruction is a pseudo will of sorts. When someone dies, their will usually lays out where all their assets should go. But, sometimes wills are difficult to understand, and the legal terminology takes out the emotional aspect of this event. By using a letter of instruction, the writer can clearly state what their wishes are, and leave personal messages to each person who receives something. It is important to note, though, that unlike a will, a letter of instruction is not a binding legal document, and the will takes precedence in the court of law.
Sample letter of instruction
Mary W. Cote
4468 Straford Park
Owingsville, KY 40360
If you are reading this, it means I have passed away. This is not supposed to be a sad time but a celebration of the life I have lived…
I want to distribute the following assets to the following people (this will all be verified by my will)
- I wish to give my house to my daughter, Jane. She always loved that house, and I think she would be the best caretaker of it when I am gone.
- I wish to give my two (2) cars to my son Richard. He always loved driving to the farm with me in them.
I wish for everyone to enjoy these gifts.