The purpose of an estate plan is to ensure the proper handling of a decedent's or incapacitated person's assets. When an appointed person does not fulfill relevant duties or, worse, mismanages the assets for personal gain, it is a breach of fiduciary duty.
An important aspect of estate planning to consider is guardianship. It is not only relevant to those with minor children or adult children with special needs. It can also be relevant to you if you become incapacitated and want to ensure the right person is making medical and/or financial decisions for you.
A medical directive is a document that outlines your wishes with regard to health care. It provides direction to medical professionals regarding your treatment in the event you are unable to speak communicate. In addition to giving physicians an idea about your treatment preferences, medical directives can also help your family make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.