What is estate planning? Many people mistakenly think that estate planning is intended for the wealthy only. Not true. Estate planning is a continuous process that should begin as soon as you have measurable assets. As life goes on and your life goals change, your estate planning and estate trust should reflect your objectives. Without a congruous estate trust, you risk putting undue financial burdens on your benefactors, including estate taxes that can exceed 30 percent of asset value.