For many, the most difficult thing about thinking about death is that it will result in loved ones being left behind. Those individuals may rely upon you to help them get by not only emotionally, but financially as well. Through proper estate planning you may be able to continue to provide financial assistance long after you are gone.
While figuring out how you would like your assets to be distributed after you are gone is a big part of the estate planning process, it is not the only thing that needs to be determined. Depending on your estate planning goals there could be multiple ways to make sure your wishes are followed.
The average person is not aware of those options. Accordingly, working with an estate planning lawyer who has an in-depth knowledge of the tools available is a good place to start.