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 Susan Turnbull
 The pioneer in advocating
non-binding personal legacy        
 documents as a valuable component of estate and charitable

The beauty of a narrow doorway  


I saw an article last week about a family's history represented in a simple wooden bowl. And with a recent look at the fascinating site and book The History of the World in 100 Objects, I was reminded of the benefits of finding a narrow entry point to start an ethical will or longer personal history.  


"Where do I begin?" is a very natural question when it comes to sifting the experiences of a life to set something down for yourself and your loved ones.     


The easiest way to begin is through a very narrow doorway:  One memory: Every day after school ...  One reflection: I love those early mornings on the water fishing because... One object: There is an interesting story attached to the painting...One photograph: This picture of my grandparents at their shop sheds light on so many things...One feeling:  I am so grateful to you for ... Etc.  


That "one thing" might end up being complete in itself, as in this one paragraph ethical will. Or bit by bit, one sitting at a time - whether on paper, computer, or with a recording device - you can build a very special collection of reflections and recollections that can stay loose in a file or eventually be organized into something quite polished.

Remember that you do not need to share every thought or tell every story to create something enduring that is very meaningful for others and highly satisfying for you.

A little can go a very long way.  What one thing would you like to start with?
Always here with presentations, tools and services,


Upcoming Web Classes 


Introductory workshop:  

The Wealth of Your Life:

Starting Your Own Ethical Will

April 17  

11:00 am and 8:00 pm EST


For legal and financial advisors:  

Introducing Clients to the Concept of the Ethical Will: The value of non-binding personal 

legacy documents in estate planning

      April 17  

2:00 EST


For planned giving professionals

Sharing the Story of 'Why':

The benefits of your encouraging your

donors to create a Legacy Statement

April 17

4:00 EST



Registration deadline: 24 hours ahead 


Looking for a memorable presentation for clients?

Contact Susan Turnbull about a customized presentation for your clients or donors on the
definition and dimensions of their legacy 

Susan is a fantastic speaker - heartfelt and thought provoking.   
Financial Planning Association,
Northern California 

  • Presentations that inspire
  • Tools that are elegant, accessible and affordable
  • Access to writers and videographers to get it done: ethical wills, expressions of intent, personal histories  
The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-Step  Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will

Third Edition

arriving in May

Better than ever!
More examples and prompts,
a great values list

Private sale: Order early and pay handling only, no postage 
Type "free postage" in the comment box of the order form; we'll credit you back

Books to be shipped by May 31

Free postage expires May 1

Advisors: Offer applies to discounted bulk orders, too

Share Your Life
FREE 30 minute teleclass
April 18
8:00 pm EST 
Using LifeLegacy Cards to Create a Mini-Memoir

Prerequisite: the purchase
of a set of cards

Register by 24 hours ahead please  
Teaming Up with
Verissima Productions
Pam and Rob
 It is a great pleasure to announce that Pam Pacelli
and Rob Cooper, experienced videographers and an engaging husband and wife team, are joining Personal Legacy Advisors as a superb resource for those wishing to use video as the medium for a personal history or an ethical will. Read about Pam and Rob, and the other members of our team, here.







Better than a thousand  

hollow words,  

is one word  

that brings