For most people, the idea of estate planning means just creating a will so that their surviving loved ones will know what should happen with their property. However, an estate plan can include far more than just a will and focus on more than just topics related to after-death matters. In fact, you can use your estate plan to detail how you want certain matters handled while you are still alive in the event that you cannot handle them yourself.
In particular, you may want to consider including a power of attorney document in your estate plan. The possibility exists that anyone could become seriously injured or ill, or otherwise suffer an incapacitating event and need someone else to handle his or her personal affairs. You undoubtedly do not want just anyone in charge.