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Plan the heirs and contents of your will very carefully

Making plans for your estate is something that can take some time and thought. This isn't a process that you should rush through; however, it isn't something that you should put off for too long. We understand that this isn't a fun thing to think about, but handling matters now can help your loved ones in the future.

John Steinbeck's children battle on over rights to his works

The stepdaughter of famed author John Steinbeck made an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 29. It's there that she pleaded with a judge to put an end to the decades-long ownership dispute over his works. The stepdaughter's mother and author's third wife had originally initiated legal action against Steinbeck's biological son and his wife several decades ago.

Reevaluate your estate plan when going through a divorce

Divorce is a time when you need to evaluate various aspects of your life. You might need to redo everything from your budget to your estate plan. In fact, there are some very important estate planning documents that you need to review when you are going through a divorce.

Writing a will by hand is possible, but does present a risk

When you are ready to write out your will, you need to make sure that the will you have is legally enforceable. In Indiana, this means that you shouldn't use a handwritten will, which is known as a holographic will, because these aren't considered valid in this state. This isn't to say that you can't write out your will be hand. If you do, you are running the risk of it not being considered a valid will.

Think beyond the will when you are making an estate plan

Estate planning is something that all adults need to think about. Many people think that this is something that only needs to be addressed by elderly people. This isn't the case. As soon as you are considered an adult, you need to address what you want to happen in your final days and after your death.

Can you include digital assets in your estate planning?

Digital assets aren't tangible things you can physically pass on to another person, but that doesn't mean you don't want to include them in your estate plans. In some cases, your digital assets might even come with monetary value, which means you might want to work with an estate law professional to include them in your will for distribution to your heirs.