Scrutinized for accuracy by AARP’s legal specialists, and completely up-to-date, this indispensable volume covers every aspect of planning an estate and creating a will. A crash course in one handy volume, the book walks readers through the entire process, from understanding the distinction between probate and nonprobate property to delegating a durable power of attorney, and from resolving possible tax issues ahead of time to safeguarding your assets. In these pages you will find: Comparisons of wills and simple living trusts. Advice on guardianship and advanced medical directives. Explanations of the role and powers of a trustee and what steps to take in the case of suspected misconduct. A primer on marshaling and protecting retirement assets. Help in planning for children with disabilities. A primer on marshaling and protecting retirement assets. Help in planning for children with disabilities. Ideas for making sure your money stays in the family in case a spouse remarries; and much, much more.