Estate planning involves more than wills and trusts, and the recent death of Joan Rivers is one example of how additional documents can aid loved ones in the end of life process. In a Forbes article on the topic, it is noted that Melissa (Rivers' daughter) took Rivers off life support. This decision cannot be made unless Rivers did the proper planning in advance.
Beyond wills and trusts, estate planning involves advance directives. These legal documents are what allow caretakers to make medical and termination of life support decisions.
While any death is tragic, with the example of Joan Rivers, perhaps more people will recognize that end of life planning goes beyond wills and trusts and will make the decision to put advance directives in place.
Read the Forbes article here.