72% of Americans pass away without any formal estate planning documents in place. In these cases, a probate judge is who decides what your final wishes are, not you. Also, if the decisions of the court are contested, a very large portion of your estate could be eaten up by court fees and attorney’s fees. Working with an Estate Planning Attorney ensures that all of your wishes with regards to your assets, as well as guardianship of your children are carried out. Proper Estate Planning can also help you avoid the dreaded ‘Death Tax’, which is currently around 50% of assets that exceed the coupon amount.