There is, generally, only one 'no brainer' when it comes to estate planning - "Keep your loved ones and your assets away from probate - that is, keep them out of the probate attorney's office and out of the probate court room!" Probate is expensive. It ties assets up for months, sometimes years. And, it is a public process that often invites people connected to you to challenge your wants and wishes. Many people do not understand that having no plan at all or a Last Will and Testament, only, is your plan for probate. A good estate plan will ensure that someone you've hand-picked will be tending to your business using your estate planning tools, following your wants and wishes, and avoid probate altogether.