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A Different Way to Look At Your Christmas Card List

Dan McKenzie

Perhaps the hardest part of putting together an estate plan is deciding on who the best people would be to carry out all the important tasks that you normally handle on a day-to-day basis if you suddenly are no longer able to do them yourself.

Have you every considered the Christmas card list as a source of ideas?

Christmas card list as a source of ideas

My wife and I have been going through this exercise for ourselves again recently, and it has reminded me how challenging it can be just to come up with names of people who might be up for the tasks. But as I was looking over my family’s Christmas card list, and all the Christmas cards we have received this year, it occurred to me how the holidays provide the perfect time to remind yourself of all the people you care about and who care about you, and who might be able to help you out with the duties listed above.

Is everyone who sends you a Christmas card going to be a plausible option to serve as guardian for your kids? No, but someone could be a great option, if you can remember to consider them as possibilities. Starting this process with the stack of Christmas cards you have been recently receiving will almost certainly cause you to consider people you might not have otherwise remembered to include.