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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?

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:

Finding the right divorce attorney is key to resolving your divorce case, and so is knowing when to get a new attorney.

While there are many good divorce lawyers out there, some just fail to meet the mark either professionally or interpersonally. And it may take time before you realize your current attorney isn't the best fit for you.

Here are five signs you may need to search for a new divorce lawyer:

Legal How-To: Omitting Relatives From Your Will

If you don't have the best relationship with some of your relatives, omitting those family members from your will is one option to consider.

One example comes from late fashion designer L'Wren Scott. She left her entire estate to her boyfriend, Rolling Stone lead singer Mick Jagger. Noticeably absent from her will are her two siblings.

So if you don't want your relatives to inherit your estate upon your death, here's a general overview of how to omit them from your will:

Top 5 Legal Tips for Your Bachelorette Party

Many a bride-to-be, celebrating her final days as a single lady, want to let loose at a bachelorette party. Whether it's a low-key dinner with friends, a pub crawl, or something a bit more -- how shall we put it? -- memorable, you want everyone to be having a good time.

But before you head out to drink colorful shooters out of test tubes with your bridesmaids, make a vow to remember these five legal tips:

Top 10 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

A divorce or separation can be tough on kids, but a good co-parenting plan can help you and your children maintain a sense of normalcy.

That's probably one reason why actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, singer Chris Martin, announced they plan to "consciously uncouple and co-parent" as they work through their separation, Reuters reports.

If you're also considering a co-parenting arrangement, here are 10 tips to make it work for everyone:

5 Legal Issues Single Parents Commonly Face

Today is National Single Parents' Day, an observance that began 30 years ago with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan.

While raising a child isn't easy, dealing with legal issues as a single parent can make your life even more challenging. But even though you can deal with many of legal issues on your own, you don't always have to go it alone.

Here are five legal issues that single parents commonly face -- keeping in mind that professional help is just a click or a phone call away:

What to Do If Ex-Spouse Won't Pay Support?

If your ex-spouse won't pay child or spousal support, what can you do?

There are many reasons people fall behind on support payments. It's possible that the paying spouse is financially unable to make the payments because he or she lost a job or experienced a reduction in income due to illness or injury. It's also possible the paying spouse simply doesn't want to make the payments, perhaps out of spite.

Either way, the ultimate question is the same: If an ex-spouse won't (or can't) pay spousal or child support, what are your options? While each case is unique, here are three possible courses of action to consider:

Legal How-To: Getting Married in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a popular wedding destination. But despite pop culture depicting Sin City as the place to go for quickie marriages, there are still a few legal requirements that must be met before your Vegas wedding dream becomes a reality.

Here's a general legal overview of how to get married in Las Vegas: