As an alternative to a Will as your primary estate planning document, you can establish a Trust during your lifetime. A properly drafted lifetime Trust can be part of an overall estate planning strategy to avoid the necessity of probating a Will. A Trust takes title to your property, while allowing you to continue managing your assets during your lifetime. It also allows you to name an individual to manage your affairs in the event of your incapacity as well as to settle your estate when you die. In addition, a Trust is a private document (unlike a Will) that does not get filed in the local County Surrogate’s Court.