Testimonials

I can’t believe this website exists! I’ve been looking for this for years. I didn’t know other people had problems with inheritance. I thought I was crazy for feeling the way I do. Thank you!

Thanks for your great book, The Legacy of Inherited Wealth. I laughed, cried, sighed with deep recognition, and stared out to sea for many hours, envisioning a new relationship to money for me and my family.

I just read “Labors of Love” and loved it. Your story was poignant and easy for me to relate to. With each story I felt helped out of my isolation and shame with regards to my inheritance. Now, I am determined to embrace the money, reclaim who I really am as an inheritor, and feel empowered to do good things with it. I could never thank you enough for this incredible gift.

For me and several other inheritors I know, it has been a real pleasure to read other inheritors’ frank thoughts about their personal experiences. Thoughtful discussions about money and clear-eyed depictions of the down side to inheriting are all too rare. Just being exposed to the ideas and stories of other inheritors was incredibly refreshing.

Thanks so much for your work in making available these great publications. They’ve helped me to understand myself as well as make informed decisions about financial and estate planning.

I ordered several of your books and booklets for my children, nieces and nephews, who struggle with the issue of how to define their lives when they do not have to work.

I’ve read a number of the books and booklets that you guys have put out. They are extraordinary. They’re so helpful. One tidbit from one of your stories can turn a person’s life around.

One from the other side of the tracks

I was ashamed to realize that my own years of scraping the bottom of the barrel had made me blind to the problems of those for whom the barrel was overfull.

Budge Wilson, Author

From wealth counselors and other professional advisors

By basing The Legacy of Inherited Wealth on the experiences of those who have dealt with the life issues surrounding major inheritance, the authors have produced a work of authenticity, meaning, and depth. The stories in this collection represent a powerful way of teaching, from which all of us can learn about the experience of inheriting ­ the pitfalls it poses, and the ways in which it can become an empowering process.

John L. Levy, Wealth Counselor

As a therapist in private practice, I recommend The Legacy of Inherited Wealth: Interviews with Heirs. In addition to being engaging, poignant, and at times surprising, the heirs’ stories raise important issues about how money, inherited or not, impacts upon the development of one’s sense of self. By openly telling their stories, these heirs have broken the cultural taboo against talking about their inheritance and exploded the myth that all one’s problems would be solved by having enough money.

Sally Donaldson, Ph.D.

Labors of Love‘s examination of the paradox of privilege is fascinating. The firsthand accounts of people’s lives and inspiration gave me new insights into my work with my clients.

Olivia Boyce-Abel, Family Lands Consulting

I have found The Legacy of Inherited Wealth to be a very useful work. I am currently dealing with several families who have very substantial businesses. In one case, there are seventeen family members, ranging in age from 19 to 42. I gave each person a copy of your book and assigned them to read three of the interviews. In our work sessions, we met in small groups to identify what we saw as fundamental principles that had been violated within the context of the stories. That process has been very effective and has stimulated an excellent examination of this complex situation.

David Bork, family business consultant

Americans tend to have highly ambivalent reactions to wealth, both lusting after it and criticizing those who have it. Young inheritors, in particular, are often ill-equipped to deal with the hostility, envy and judgments directed at them. Affluent parents are often in a quandary about the best ways to prepare their children to handle wealth. The publications from The Inheritance Project provide a vital service to this population of readers. One, they recognize they are not alone. Two, they are introduced to new ways of thinking about them. And three, they discover options they may never have imagined were available to them.

Deanne Stone, philanthropic consultant

About Like a Second Mother

If we want the next generation to become healthy, vibrant adults, who will, in turn, be capable of nurturing their own children, it is time that we address in earnest the questions raised by this book ­ how we parent, how we work, and how we love.

Tracy Gary, Activist and philanthropist. Raised (lovingly) by her nanny

I encourage nannies to read Like a Second Mother: Nannies and Housekeepers in the Lives of Wealthy Children. It talks about the nanny situation of past years and that are still real in our society today. I highly recommend this book for any Nanny’s library.

Marni Kent, Nanny of The Year (INA, 2002)

Coming into Money: Preparing Your Children for an Inheritance

Most people believe if they only had more money their problems would be solved and they could live in a state of perpetual happiness. For this reason alone heirs rarely receive a sympathetic hearing for any problems they may have. Whether a child experiences his good fortune as blessing, or a burden, can be materially influenced by his parents. “Coming into Money” should be on the bookshelf of anyone who is serious about preparing their children for an inheritance. Insightful and clear while providing non-judgmental, thought provoking advice.

Marshall Serwitz,
Sullivan & Serwitz, Family Wealth Management