Like most people, you want your assets to be passed to your family both during your lifetime and following your death. You want to be sure your wealth goes to the right person at the right time.
You will probably want to be sure that no one else gets their hands on it (the in-law from hell or creditors, for example). You will want to ensure that you pay no more tax than is reasonable and, in some cases, you will want to avoid it completely.
Achieving this is what estate planning is all about, and it is what Bluecoat does for our clients.