There are different types of estate planning tools and documents including Wills, Trusts, and Title or Beneficiary Designations. A Will or Trust tells your family who you would like to act as your personal representative, who will receive your property, and who you would like to take care of minor children, if any. Title or Beneficiary Designations can transfer assets to heirs directly without Court administration.
Powers of Attorneys and Living Wills (also called DNA’s) are also part of estate planning. This planning insures that the individual(s) you would like to care for you or make decisions on your behalf (when you cannot do this yourself), are given that authority; not a person who is chosen by another family member or by a Court.