No one likes to think about death or the prospect of leaving loved ones behind. It’s uncomfortable, it’s hard, it requires people to think things that are not pleasant. However, a good plan that is made in advance will make the transition to the next generation or a surviving spouse a much easier process. We’ve seen it both ways. Our job is to make sure that goals are fulfilled using the tools available and that it’s done in the most efficient manner possible. Those tools include Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Trusts. The Estate includes everything someone owns when they pass away. Probate is the legal process of validating a will to the courts. We use wills, trusts, etc to make sure your estate, your “stuff”, goes where you want it to as stated in your will or trust.