The most comprehensive -- yet easy to read -- guide to estate planning on the market! Plan Your Estate covers everything from the basics of wills and living trusts to sophisticated tax-saving strategies. The authors give you straightforward, plain-English explanations of every significant estate-planning option available, so you can make the best decisions for you and those you love. The book covers: wills probate and how to avoid it living trusts property-control trusts naming guardians for children leaving property to children estate taxes and how to reduce them living wills (health care directives) financial powers of attorney final arrangements strategies for business owners and much more The 9th edition is completely updated with the latest federal and state laws, and now covers ethical wills -- a new way to pass on values, beliefs and important personal experiences. Good for all states except Louisiana.