The estate planning process can be as complex or as straightforward as the client needs it to be. In many ways, a person’s estate planning goals represent how a collection of that person’s past and present will be impacted by a future set of events. Some common estate planning goals include avoiding a costly probate, providing your spouse with financial support, distributing your assets according to your wishes, and selecting capable fiduciaries to carry out your wishes. A common advanced estate planning goal is to reduce the size of your estate. You can achieve this by any number of available techniques, including transferring your home to a Qualified Personal Residence Trust or creating an irrevocable trust.