WealthCounsel: Good article summing up the different stages people go through in their life and the role estate planning plays in each of these stages to protect wealth:

“Life is transition.  Every day there is some experience that causes us to stop and think about financial and legal alternatives including all their ramifications.  Having a “transition team” consisting of a trusted financial advisor, certified public account and legal professional can make life’s transitions less complex and overall more rewarding.”