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Chadwick Boseman showed us that even those who appear to be young, vibrant, and heroic need planning. Boseman died at age 43. While little is known of Boseman’s estate planning, we do know that he had a wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, whom he met in 2015 and to whom he got engaged to in October 2019. Boseman was the youngest of three sons of his mother, a nurse, and his father, a textile factory worker.

I say this again and again, because it is so true. His untimely death shows us that even those of us who are young need at least a basic estate plan.

A basic estate plan includes:

Chadwick Boseman performed his most famous roles after his diagnosis with colon cancer four years before his death. President Barack Obama tweeted: “To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give [Black kids] heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.” He also visited children ill with cancer in hospitals, all while he was fighting cancer himself. All with grace and humility.

What a use of his years, indeed. Chadwick Boseman demonstrated that one can inspire millions through your words and your deeds.

For more information about how you can prepare your thoughts and organize your intentions for your end-of-life planning, whether you are young or closer to your golden years, click here for my guide.

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