Forbes:  “It never fails to amaze me that so many otherwise savvy individuals, many of whom have their financial lives otherwise buttoned-up, use poor judgment (or no judgment) when it comes to their estate planning. The list of major estate omissions and poor choices is almost infinite. Here are some of the mistakes that are frequently made.

1. Not having a plan

In a sense, everyone does have an estate plan; state law makes this point a certainty. It simply may not be the plan that you had in mind, or that your family would have preferred.”