A few decades ago, the estate planning process was relatively easy. With less divorce and a stable economy, many parents simply passed along their estate to their children in a will. Times are changing.
Divorce is much more frequent, as are people remarrying, which can introduce stepchildren into a relationship. Life expectancy has also increased, as have health care costs. The reality is simple: Families need to get to work on estate planning in an open, honest manner, so that no one's feelings are hurt when they get less than they thought they would.