Her advice during the interview impresses the need for personal planning, and urges that this not "be done at home" due to the pitfalls and pain that can result. Pain avoidance is a real motivator, since "[a]bove all, estate planning is a way to take care of yourself and the people you love."
- Caring for yourself by authorizing people to handle your affairs if you no longer can because of illness or disability
- Specifying who gets what after you pass away
- Providing for children who are minors or who have special needs.
However, thorough preparation -- in learning about this area of the law, in listing your personal goals and obstacles, and in summarizing your situation (your holdings & income, versus your debts & commitments) -- is very important.
Pairing a prepared client with a qualified professional should result in a good outcome.