What Steps Are Required for Estate Planning and Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

Yes, I would strongly advise that you consult with a local elder law attorney. There are so many issues involved in planning, including providing for your heirs, managing your property in the event of incapicity, asset protection plan for your children (if any), and planning for long-term care. While reading books (including our free ElderLaw Guides) will give you a good start, every person's situation and goals are unique. You need the experience of an attorney who has worked with hundreds of clients at a similar point in life to make sure that your plan is the best for you and your family.