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Ah New York, there's really no way to fake the Empire State. And that's certainly true of its laws.

But even if you're not a native New Yorker and are just visiting or passing through, you should definitely have a basic understanding of New York's legal structures.

Don't be one of those out-of-town yokels who gets a ticket for texting while driving in Manhattan. Check out these 10 laws you should know if you're in New York:

With today being National Stepfamily Day, it's a good time to remember that if your family includes stepchildren, you may need to revisit your estate plan.

Stepchildren are often considered by their stepparents to be on equal footing with any biological children that parent may have. But legally, a parent's natural-born children may be treated differently than stepchildren for purposes of distributing your property after your death under the terms of a will or through your state's intestacy code.

What do you need to know when your estate planning involves stepchildren? Here are three questions you may want to ask a lawyer who's familiar with your state's laws:

Advanced directives are legal documents allowing you to express your wishes regarding your medical treatment in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to make decisions yourself. But along with living wills and durable powers of attorney, there's another form of advanced directive that may be useful for long-term planning: the psychiatric advance directive.

What can a psychiatric advance directive do? Here's a general overview:

Delaware is pushing estate planning into the digital sphere with a new law that allows loved ones to access online accounts after a person's death.

The Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act (HB 345) was signed into law by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell last week, broadening digital access for legal heirs. In a press release from the Delaware House Democrats, the bill was described as the "first comprehensive state statute dealing with the disposition of a decedent's digital assets in the nation."

But what will the law actually allow for digital estates after death?

Actor Robin Williams passed after taking his own life on Monday, but a trust he set up before his death aims to legally protect his children.

According to TMZ, the legendary comedian set up a trust while he was alive to provide for his three children: Cody, 22; Zelda, 25; and Zachary, 31. This trust did not include the whole of Williams' assets, which may have been a good thing in light of his shaky finances near the end of his life.

How does Robin Williams' trust support his children, and should you follow suit?

When it comes to estate planning documents, having a valid will is a good start.

But a will is just one of a number of different types of estate planning documents you might need in order to ensure that your health care decisions and final wishes regarding your property are honored. What else do you need?

Here are three estate planning documents that you'll probably want to consider:

Moving to another state can be a stressful process. The last thing you want is to add the headache of estate law problems to your growing list of worries. But America is constantly moving. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 36 million U.S. residents moved between 2012 and 2013.

Give yourself a moment, put down the boxes, and read about three estate consequences of an out-of-state move that you may not have considered:

Estate planning is a subject some people would rather avoid. After all, making arrangements for what happens to your assets following your own death isn't necessarily a pleasant subject.

But consulting with an experienced estate planning lawyer is something you should consider doing sooner, rather than later. Why?

Here are five reasons you shouldn't wait to call an estate planning lawyer:

Can you include pets in your will? Sure you can bequeath your animals to others as property, but what about setting aside part of your estate for your pets' continuing care?

For many people, a beloved pet can be just as much a part of the family as a spouse, child, or sibling. When it comes time to write a will, carving out a piece of their estate for their favorite animal companion may seem like the best way to ensure their pet is taken care of after they pass away.

However, it's generally best to avoid leaving gifts to pets in your will. Why?

When you die, your social media accounts and websites may be left in the hands of immediate family members or even deactivated. If you want to control your digital life after your actual death, you may need to consider a trust for your online presence.

Placing these accounts in the care of a trust during your life can ensure that they are maintained post-mortem and that private information may not accessed by those you don't trust.

Here are just a few reasons to consider a trust for your websites and social media accounts: