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Although an inheritance of money, property, or other assets is often a welcome gift for the recipient, there are circumstances in which a person may want to disclaim a gift from another person's estate.

For example, a person whose own estate may already be at or near the limit of the federal estate tax exemption may choose to disclaim an inheritance for tax purposes. Disclaimers may also be used to take advantage of martial deductions or to prevent a beneficiary's creditors from making a claim on property that he or she inherited.

So how do you legally disclaim a gift or bequest made by another person' estate? Here's a general overview:

Top 3 Everyday Legal Questions From FindLaw Answers: January 2015

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We see a lot of great questions in our Answers community every day. Here's a look at the Top 3 recent questions from our various boards:

1. Both my parents passed away without a will. There is a family cabin (not worth very much money) that I would like to have and my sister does not want. How do I go about doing that?

This is a great question; issues with wills, inheritances, and general estate planning are popular on our boards. In this instance, the individual is actually dealing with two issues: what happens to his parents' estate because they died without a will, and how to get his sister to disclaim her inheritance.

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, adding a few legal goals to the list can be a great way to stay current on your long-term legal needs.

From estate planning to personal finances, there are a number of ways to be proactive when it comes to legal planning. And though you can't always prevent legal issues from arising, you can put yourself in a better position to handle them once they do.

What can you do this New Year's to help plan for a better legal foundation in 2015? Here are five legal New Year's resolutions:

When you die, can you instruct in your will that your pets be killed and then buried beside you?

That's the question posed by a recently deceased woman's will, asking that her dog, who survived her, be euthanized, cremated, and place among her own ashes. According to Cincinnati's WCPO-TV, Connie Lay, who passed away in late November, requested in her will that her dog Bela be either sent to an animal shelter in Utah or be killed and buried with her.

Is it legal to include killing and burying your pets in your will?

Despite dealing largely with one of life's must unchanging truths -- that everyone ages and eventually must die -- estate planning is a surprisingly ever-changing area of law.

Not only do the laws governing estate planning change over time, but so to the techniques used by estate planning attorneys to address their clients' needs. With the popularity of cremation on the rise, questions regarding the legality and logistics of scattering ashes have become more common. The use of trusts has also become popular in estate plans, with different types of trusts to address specific needs and situations.

What were some of the most important issues in estate planning in 2014? Here are our Top 7 estate-planning posts from the past year:

Like most estate planning tools, a living trust may require revisions or amendments from time to time.

Fortunately, modifying a revocable trust is often fairly straightforward. Similar to revising a will, the exact laws for amending or revising a living trust may vary from state to state. Generally however, there are some basic guidelines for how to go about make changes to your living trust.

So how do you revise or amend a living trust? Here's some info to get you started:

Estate planning is complicated by the fact that every person (1) is mortal and (2) has his or her own arrangement of property, relationships, and assets.

And until this whole ephemeral nature of the human condition problem is solved, it's a bit easier to focus on the latter complication -- sizing up your own situation and deciding which legal instruments are best (wills, trusts, etc.)

When deciding how legally protect your estate, start by considering the following:

Though the fourth smallest state by size, New Jersey is the most densely populated state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is due in no small part to the state's proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and several other major U.S. metropolitan areas.

But whether you count yourself as a lifelong New Jerseyan, are just visiting, or are passing through from one of New Jersey's neighboring states, you should familiarize yourself with the nuances of New Jersey state law.

Here are 10 laws that you should know if you're in New Jersey:

You may have a handle on the big things in your estate plan like real estate, bank accounts, and guardians for your children. But there are a few things you may not have considered.

For example: Do you know who will take care of your pets when you've passed on? And what about custody of assets almost as precious as your pets, like your guns and prized collections? Who will take care of them?

We won't let you forget these five things you need to include in your estate plan:

Georgia is home to Turner Field, Coca-Cola, and boiled peanuts. But the Empire State of the South also boasts a unique set of laws that governs everyday life in the state.

So whether you're settling down in Marietta or posting up in a penthouse suite next to your famous neighbor T.I., you need to at least get a handle on these 10 Georgia laws: