What is Estate Planning?

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Estate planning involves preserving your estate for the transfer to your heirs and the proper distribution of your estate's assets. Proper planning is important to avoid dying intestate which means passing away without a will or trust that provides instructions as to how your estate is to be transferred and to whom.