Estate Planning: Preparing a Letter of Last Instructions
Grave relief showing the deceased and his widow in a funeral feast where they are depicted in a godlike manner. Roman marble work, 1st century AD.
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How to Cite

Turner, Josephine, and Martie Gillen. 2012. “Estate Planning: Preparing a Letter of Last Instructions: FCS5238/FY537, Rev. 12/2011”. EDIS 2012 (2). Gainesville, FL.


A letter of last instructions is one of the most helpful things you can provide for your family. The letter should express your wishes following your death so that your personal representative or family member has the information they will need about your personal and financial matters. This revised 3-page fact sheet was written by Josephine Turner and Martie Gillen, and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, December 2011.

FCS5238/FY537: Estate Planning: Preparing a Letter of Last Instructions (
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