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As Easter approaches, some traditions may call for dyeing baby chickens in pastel greens, blues, and yellows.

But not only is the practice of dyeing Easter chicks questionably moral, it may be illegal in your state.

Nat'l Pet Owners Day: Top 10 Legal Reminders

Happy National Pet Owners Day!

Anyone who's an animal guardian knows how rewarding a pet's companionship can be. But just like your human best friend, your best animal buddy may also get you into some legal trouble if you aren't too careful.

So in celebration of National Pet Owners Day, let's "paws" for a few moments to share our Top 10 legal reminders regarding pet ownership:

Be more careful with your Facebook "likes" -- they may block you from suing a company.

Critics of General Mills' newest legal terms believe that you may lose your right to sue the company simply by pressing "like" on its corporate Facebook page. The New York Times reports that the cereal maker may be the first major food company to seek "forced arbitration" on customers, removing their abilities to seek remedies in court.

Here are a few reasons to think twice before you "like" a company or brand:

Teacher Fired for 'Friending' Students Online

A 79-year-old substitute teacher from New Hampshire was fired after she refused to "unfriend" her students on Facebook.

Carol Thebarge had been teaching in the Claremont, New Hampshire school district for more than 30 years when she was apparently given an ultimatum from school officials to delete her students as Facebook friends or face termination, according to New Hampshire's WMUR9-TV.

School administrators don't argue that Thebarge was a good teacher, but written school policies forced them to let her go.

A Nevada rancher has prevailed in a standoff against the federal government over grazing rights for his cattle. But the legal battles are far from over.

Cliven Bundy, 67, attracted the attention of militiamen nationwide after he refused to pay grazing fees to the federal government -- which then seized Bundy's cattle. States' rights protestors and militia members rallied to Bundy's side, escalating tensions until the Bureau of Land Management finally agreed to release his cows on Saturday, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

What legal troubles still await this stalwart rancher?

5 Legal Tips If You're Fighting Over an Estate

Even if there's a will in place, families may still end up fighting over an estate after a loved one passes.

While most people think that the only way to settle estate battles is to go to probate court, there are ways to quash an estate battle without resorting to probate.

Here are five legal tips to consider if you're fighting over an estate.

Should You Include Burial Plans in Your Will?

Besides divvying up your estate to your beneficiaries, there are several other things to think about when executing a will.

One consideration is whether to include a burial plan in your will -- letting your executor know your wishes for your funeral. While including a burial plan in your will may seem like a good idea, your wishes may not be carried out exactly the way you want because your body isn't considered "property" for estate planning purposes.

So what can you do to convey your burial plan preferences?

Legal How-To: Preparing for an IRS Audit

While some people sweat at the idea of preparing for an IRS audit, there's good news: the chances of getting audited are lower than they've been since at least the 1980s.

Budget cuts and new responsibilities are limiting the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS's) resources and ability to police tax returns, so this year, the agency is only going after the "worst of the bad guys," according to the Associated Press.

Although the audit risks are lower this year, it doesn't mean all taxpayers are off the hook. Here's how to prepare for an IRS audit.

Considering a terror threat as a joke on Twitter? You may want to think of a less legally fraught way to entertain yourself.

Twitter user @queendemetriax_ probably wishes she did after American Airlines, the butt of her "joke" terror tweet, informed her that her IP address and details would be forwarded to the FBI, reports the New York Daily News. And that's not all that's happened to the 14-year-old Twitter user since her tweet went viral.

Here's why should you avoid tweeting terror pranks, and what can potentially happen if you send one:

Nat'l Ex-Spouse Day: 5 Ex-cellent Legal Tips

Today is National Ex-Spouse Day. And yes, it's a real thing.

The April 14 "holiday" was apparently created by a minister in Missouri in 1987, in hopes that exes would just play nice with each other, if only for one day, according to Examiner.com. Remember that even if your divorce is a painful experience, your current relationship with your ex-spouse doesn't necessarily have to be.

So without further ado, here are five smart tips for dealing with your ex-spouse: