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We get it: there's no easy way to start talking about estate planning. And who wants to spoil the holidays with morbid talk about what's going to happen after a family member dies? None of that sounds appealing.

Then again, when else are you going to do it? The holidays are one of the few times you can get most of the family together, and maybe the holiday spirit will make everyone a little more patient, understanding, and generous. (Well, we can dream, right?) So here are a few pointers if you're delving into the estate planning discussion this holiday season.

You just brought a baby into the world, so you're probably not thinking about passing away any time soon. Sadly, that's the mindset of many new parents, and then tragedy strikes, leaving a young family without an estate plan.

It may sound morbid to start planning for the end of your life when you just began a new one, but it can be essential to making sure your children are taken care of. Here's what new parents need to know about estate planning.

A trust can be a great way to manage property and financial assets, both during life and after. But there's something about adding family to the mix that runs the risk of taking a great thing and making it not-so-great. While we love family, internal rivalries, grudges, and simple failures to communicate can turn a family trust into a family nightmare.

Here are three ways a family trust can go wrong, and how to avoid them:

Estate planning, although necessary, is never fun. Between federal estate taxes and state inheritance laws, designing a plan for your property after death -- and drafting the essential documents -- can be a major headache. Those arrangements can only get harder for non-U.S. citizens.

While navigating estate and immigration laws may seem overwhelming, here are five tips that can help simplify the process.

Inheritances are not treated the same way as normal marital property in a divorce. Generally, so long as there has not been any commingling with marital property, an inheritance can remain separate property, just like premarital assets. Commingling occurs when separate property, usually money, is mixed with marital property. For instance, depositing an inheritance check into a joint bank account is likely to convert it from separate property to marital property.

From time to time, a parent will need to take precaution to make sure their children's inheritances are safe from their own spouse, or their adult child's spouse. This issue is particularly pronounced for non-marital children, or when parents believe an adult child is at risk of divorce.

A recent lawsuit filed by a widower, and the deceased's nephew, alleges that a Mississippi funeral home refused to provide agreed upon transportation and cremation services due to the sexual orientation of the deceased.

Prior to the deceased's passing, specific arrangements were made weeks in advance, and confirmed 24 hours prior to death. Specifically, the funeral home agreed to transport and cremate the deceased. However, it is alleged that once the deceased passed, and the funeral home received the paperwork, the nursing home where the deceased passed was informed that the funeral home "did not deal with their kind."

It was clearly understood that this meant the funeral home did not provide services to LGBT individuals. The funeral home has denied the allegations and expressed surprise that anyone from their organization would say or do such a thing.

Caring for an aging parent can often be a rewarding, yet trying, experience. There are many common issues that come up between siblings when parents begin to show signs of their aging. Unfortunately, these issues, if not handled properly, can lead to escalated tensions and fighting between siblings, and can even end up in costly litigation.

What's worse is that many times, these conflicts are the result of mistakes that may be avoidable. Caring for an aging parent involves quite a bit more than many people are able to handle. Below, you'll learn about five of the more common mistakes siblings make when addressing the needs and issues surrounding their aging parent(s).

When there's a death in the family, the last thing anyone wants is a big fight over the deceased's property and assets. Unfortunately, when it comes to money and inheritances, relatives can quickly turn to bitter enemies.

However, there are few things a person can do to potentially help stop relatives from spending the funeral and grieving period fighting over who gets what. Here are three tips on how to minimize inheritance fights between relatives.

Caring for a loved one as they age can be emotionally, financially, and legally difficult. Estate planning, long-term care, and guardianship decisions are never easy, and you may also be facing issues with Social Security, health care benefits, or elder abuse.

A good elder law attorney can be a helpful guide to resolving some of these difficult issues and making sure your elder loved ones are properly cared for. So how do you find a good lawyer and what do you need to know regarding your elder law case? Here are five common questions to start with:

Living in the 21st century digital world is nearly inescapable at this point. Digital assets abound and can include some unexpected items that may actually possess some unexpected value. Don't believe it? A digital trading card of Hans Solo, that was recently released, goes for $225.

Digital assets can include items that have real, transferable monetary values, like online bitcoin accounts, or simply items that have high sentimental value, such as collections of family photos. Regardless of how an item is valued, during a divorce, both tangible and digital assets must be divided, but some digital assets may prove more challenging to divide. As such, including digital assets in a prenuptial agreement is becoming increasingly advisable.

Below you'll find three legal tips on how to include digital assets in a prenup.