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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.

When a death in the family occurs, it is a serious, somber time. However, the world does not stop turning, and despite being in mourning, the executor of an estate must perform several important duties within a reasonable amount of time. Generally, the executor of an estate must review the will and make sure the deceased's last wishes are carried out.

Executors are specifically responsible for paying funeral expenses (using the estate's funds), discovering all the assets owned by the deceased, resolving debts, maintaining all the assets and property, and distributing assets/inheritances. While frequently executors are family members, such as adult children, siblings or spouses, a person is free to designate nearly anyone they wish in their will.

Below you will find three legal tips for individuals who have been chosen to be executors.

Death is an unfortunate fact of life. As people grow older, their parents do the same. Children often want to protect their parents as much as they can during the autumn years of their life. Frequently, all a child can do for their aging parent is make sure that they maintain their personal and financial affairs.

To that end, there are some really important documents that should be asked about, as well as other aspects of your parents' lives that you should try to find out, before they pass. Here are seven topics that you should consider asking your aging parents.

In the state of Kentucky, a mentally incompetent person cannot access the legal system except through their legal guardian. For 88-year-old Elmer Riehle, that means that in order to get a divorce, his wife, who is also his legal guardian, would have to file the divorce paperwork on his behalf. Talk about awkward. His wife does not want a divorce and wants to be able to protect Riehle from himself and from squandering the family's finances.

Riehle challenged the 1943 precedent set by the state's highest court that had basically stopped any mentally incompetent individuals from getting divorced since then. However, the state's Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of his wife, and denied his divorce filing.

Getting older is a good thing, but as people advance in age, the holidays (and life in general) can become more complicated. Whether the family is coming to celebrate with you, or you're traveling to visit family, getting ready and being prepared for the holidays is never easy.

The following legal tips are geared toward making sure you have a safe, crime-free, scam-free, and maybe even productive, holiday season.

'Tis The Season for Estate Planning

Unless your family regularly has a cataclysmic breakdown over the holidays, it is the perfect time of year to discuss estate planning. Many families are geographically spread out, so when everyone is together in one place for the holidays, having a group meeting to discuss the family's estate plan, and other important matters, just makes sense.

There are two main issues that parents (or their children) need to address: advanced directives and the parents' will. Since these issues are not really great dinner topics, it is best to set a time before or after, or even on a different day so long as everyone is still in town. To help coordinate, it is usually a good idea to notify everyone, in advance of them making travel or vacation plans, that the discussion or meeting is going to happen on a particular day and time.

Finding a dead body can frequently be a traumatic experience. Even when the body is not a loved one, personally encountering death can have wide range of effects on individuals.

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then, if you are able, confirm death without disturbing the scene or body, and contact the authorities (9-1-1). Feeling for a pulse, or breathing, will generally be okay. If the deceased has clearly been so for some time, there is no need to confirm a pulse or breathing. Additionally, you can call 9-1-1 before doing anything, and allow the operator to walk you through what to do.

Getting ready for retirement involves more than just saving money, although saving is a big part of it. Retirement planning requires careful consideration of both the financial and the legal issues that will come up once you decide to stop working.

While seeking out a financial retirement advisor at least a few decades before you plan to retire, you should consider seeking out legal advice early as well. An estate planning, bankruptcy, or tax attorney can help you get ready for the eventual legal or tax issues you may face in retirement. Below, you will find five important reasons to hire an attorney well before you retire.