Planning an Estate

Planning an estate is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your family members. Despite its importance, estate planning is often considered a low priority by many people, even as they age. Creating a proper estate plan can make the difference between having your assets and other property distributed as you wish, versus having a court make decisions that may not reflect your intentions. It's never too early to begin to plan, and people who do so early on have the advantage of becoming more knowledgeable about estate laws over time. This section provides basic tips and information to help you begin planning your estate, and information for consulting with an estate planning attorney is provided. In addition, you may want to download FindLaw's Guide to Estate Planning [PDF] for quick reference.