A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22).
The Bible discusses money often, and it should be no surprise that the Bible’s focuses on legacies. When you think about it, the entire New Testament memorializes the Last Will & Testament of the Lord Jesus Christ (although it will probably not be His “last”). His love, His promises, and His teachings are all exemplified today through His legacy, the Church, just as He commanded in scripture. Jesus Christ has the most powerful and lasting legacy that the world has ever known. It’s a fitting specimen. It continues thousands of years after His death (and resurrection). Today, the scriptures continue to provide a road map for each and every person’s legacy, just as they have for generations. You will not be told where to leave your possessions or who you must pick as your executors, trustees, agents, etc. That is between you and God. You are the only one that knows what He has called you to do.
Identifying your legacy is the driving force for developing your written estate plan.
This self-directed three-part study is designed to walk you through the Biblical teachings on legacies as they relate to estate planning. You can take it at your own pace. Each part is directed at a different aspect of Biblical estate planning:
- Part I. What does the Bible say about legacies and estate planning?
- Part II. What does the Bible say about nominating executors, trustees, agents, guardians, and attorneys-in-fact?
- Part III. What does the bible say about my estate?
The goal is to reveal the Biblical truths that drives all Christian estate plans. The rest of estate planning is just legal jargon. At the Law Office of Merrill A. Hanson, it’s “Your Life. Your Legacy.”