This book presents a concise, cogent overview of every available legal method, and its consequences, for protecting and securely passing on an estate regardless of it size, content or value. The book first examines the fundamentals of estate planning, sharing insights about wills and trusts. It explains the benefits and perils of antenuptial agreements, discloses techniques for avoiding probate, and shows how to easily minimize postdeath estate proceedings. A special five-chapter section guides survivors and heirs through all the issues associated with inheriting an estate. Readers will also find sensitive treatment of living wills, and sound advice on hiring a qualified estate attorney.