By Daniel Slone Replacing the unending pursuit of happiness with the quest for a meaningful life In college, Emily Esfahani Smith embarked on a search for happiness. Since everyone insisted that the path to happiness is success, that was the road her quest took. Yet contrary to what our culture told her, she did not find…

By Jennica Schwartzman Filmmaker couple bringing fun and family to the sets, behind-the-scenes, and events of Hollywood. My husband and I have spent the last few weeks going to the cinema every single day and thanking people for coming out to see our most recent film. Parker’s Anchor is our most recent romantic drama about loss,…

By Jamie Yuenger I never expected to become a confessor. When I founded StoryKeep in 2010, I was focused on the craft of storytelling itself—on pacing, narrative arcs, and the like. After all, my dream was to make documentary films and legacy books for families that were studio-quality. But having worked with over 80 families, I’ve come…

By Margot Note Immortalize your family’s cherished photos, documents, and memorabilia for generations to come. As the new year starts, we reflect upon the last twelve months—the soirees, the sorrows, and the surprises of our lives. Celebrations during the winter holidays have reconnected us with our families. Together, you may have reminisced about past gatherings, heard…

By Legacy Books Preserving Legacies Is an Art—and the Catrons Wrote the Book When John and Barbara Catron began restoring an old schoolhouse and church building in Riverton, Utah, they had no idea where the project would take them. For Barbara, the restoration was a labor of love. Her father’s first wife, Donna Rae Coy, had…

Writing Letters to Express Lasting Gratitude  By Lynette M. Smith Remember how heartwarming it was to discover a collection of Great Aunt Tilly’s letters in the attic? To read them was to savor them; to hear her loving voice all over again, to feel her in your heart, and to send your love back to her….

How to Nurture and Pass Along Spiritual Capital in Estate Planning By Charlie Douglas Estate planning needs an extreme makeover. I was dumbfounded when I discovered there was no working definition of “estate planning” at such reputable institutions as the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or the American College of Financial Services. Seriously, no…

Bestselling Author Marion Roach Smith Says, “Write What You Know!” By Meg Oldman We capture meaningful moments with our phones, shared celebrations, and committing events to memory. Few of us actually sit down and write about what we know about these moments. Marion Roach Smith has made it her business, literally and figuratively, to lead…

Monroe Diefendorf Wants to Redefine the Meaning of Inheritance By Christopher Zacher Monroe Diefendorf understands the importance of strong financial planning. Having been born into Diefendorf Capital’s life insurance legacy, founded by his great-grandfather in 1875, Monroe (who goes by Roey) found a place for himself in the family business, working alongside his father. He…

Michael Stuart’s estate planning practice focuses on issues far more meaningful than wills, trusts, and tax planning. By Daniel Slone Michael Stuart is an attorney, but he is quick to argue that his profession has trained its clients too well. “They think that lawyers draft documents, financial planners build wealth, and CPAs deal with taxes. The…

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