Trust and estate planning allows you to plan for your own financial future, as well as for the financial future of your family and others whom you care about.  Depending upon your situation, a simple will may be adequate, along with power of attorney agreements.  Often a trust will allow you greater flexibility in planning and management of your estate.  Some situations may call for special trust agreements, and other planning techniques.  But in most situations, estate planning boils down to having a will, perhaps a trust agreement, and power of attorney agreements for health care and property decisions.   Please review the "wills vs. trusts" table below to learn about wills and trusts.  One of the estate planning questionnaires below can get you started.