It has been widely reported that Aretha Franklin had no estate plan, not even a Will. While the majority of Americans fail to plan, Aretha’s case cried out for special care. Her eldest child is special needs, and she left substantial assets including a tail of music royalties that will continue for generations. Despite the repeated efforts of her attorney, Aretha refused to act. Why? There are many reasons that people fail to plan their estate, but the principal reason is fear of the unknown. It’s scary to imagine the world without us in it. What happens to us? Where do we go? The good news is that from our experience those who create a plan report immediate relief knowing that they no longer need to worry. For optimal results it is important to periodically review your plan to make sure it fits with changes in your life, family, and health.