Purposeful Planning – Leaving What Really Matters in order to Heal the Generations

Catherine Hammond on the Purposeful Planning Podcast.

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John Warnick from the Purposeful Planning Institute
hosts Catherine to talk about Intergenerational Healing.

Understanding Estate Planning: More Than Just Money for the Future 

Estate planning might make you think of legal documents and deciding who gets what from your belongings after you pass away. Most people treat planning as protecting financial assets and avoiding taxes. A conversation between two 30+ year industry veterans, Catherine Hammond of Hammond Law Group and John A. Warnick, founder of the Purposeful Planning Institute, suggests that estate planning can be much more. It’s not just about the material things you leave behind. It’s about leaving a legacy including your values, your love, and the hard-won wisdom you’ve gained over your lifetime.  

Read a few key ideas from the podcast and learn how to leave your real legacy.


“True wealth is what you have when the money’s all gone”. – Catherine Hammond 

The Real Treasure You Leave Behind 

On this recent podcast interview, Catherine Hammond shares her personal journey through her mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how that experience showed her the importance of planning. That journey included taking care of her mother and herself both financially and emotionally.  There’s another side of estate planning, one in which host John A. Warnick has been a pioneer. It’s a chance to fix broken relationships within the family, ensure your deepest wisdom, stories, and values are passed down, and really make a difference in your family’s emotional health for generations. This emotional health is a foundation for generational healing.  

Healing and Belonging Through Estate Planning 

In this conversation, Catherine and John discuss how legacy planning can help solve family issues and create a much-needed sense of belonging in the coming generations. With their many decades’ experience, they know that when planning your estate, you’re not just deciding who gets your possessions. You’re also opening up the possibility of healing past wounds and misunderstandings within the family. This is about making sure your family doesn’t just inherit your assets but also inherits a legacy of unity, understanding, and emotional wealth.  

“I have to believe that intergenerational wholeness is really the essence of this emotional legacy.” John Warnick, Purposeful Planning Institute  

Advisors: Helping Build Emotional Wealth 

The role of estate planning advisors is not limited to legal advice. A good advisor guides families through the emotional aspects of estate planning, helping them articulate and pass on their values, love, and life lessons. Catherine, for example, uses her skills as a coach to encourage open, meaningful conversations about life, values, and family. This approach ensures that the estate plan reflects not just financial wealth but the wealth of character and heart you want to share with your loved ones. 

Making Intentional Choices 

Catherine and John encourage everyone to think about the legacy they wish to leave behind. It’s a call to be intentional about what you want to pass on — beyond your material possessions. It’s like gardening: you choose what to nurture, what to trim back, and what new seeds to plant for the future of your family. This careful, thoughtful approach ensures that you leave behind a rich legacy of love, wisdom, and values that can guide your loved ones for generations.  

“Most of us aren’t looking to leave our children and grandchildren enough money that they can just sit back and do nothing. This side of your legacy, the emotional legacy becomes even more important if we want anybody to have a satisfying and fulfilling life down the generational lines.” – Catherine Hammond  

Conclusion: A Legacy That Lasts Beyond Wealth 

Estate planning is an opportunity to delve deep into what matters most to you. Make sure your family not only inherits your financial assets but also a legacy of richness beyond financial wealth, what Catherine calls your True Wealth. It’s about healing, connecting, and making intentional choices about how you want to be remembered. Through thoughtful planning, your legacy can be more than just fleeting material wealth; it can be a lasting gift to your loved ones that includes the values, love, and the wisdom you’ve shared, ensuring that your True Wealth benefits your loved ones and their descendants long after you’re gone. 

Listen now: https://purposefulplanninginstitute.com/podcasts/s1e30-estate-planning-as-a-doorway-to-family-healing/ 

Author Bio

Catherine Hammond is the CEO and founder of Hammond Law Group, a Colorado-based estate planning law firm she founded in 2005. With a strong focus on protecting families from the legal consequences of disability and death, she creates comprehensive estate plans that minimize taxes, costs, and government interference.

A native of Denver, Catherine completed her undergraduate studies at Coe College in Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, concentrating on estate planning, tax, and mediation. Catherine is a member of various professional organizations, including WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, and the Purposeful Planning Institute. Beyond her legal expertise, Catherine provides transformational coaching to support clients and their families through life transitions.

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