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Don't forget your intellectual property in your estate plan

For people who are in lines of work that involve intellectual property, taking steps to protect that property from being used by others without their permission is essential. This can include artistic works like music, art and fashion designs, as well as computer programs and inventions. If you're a famous person, it can even include the use of your photo or other likeness. Intellectual property is generally trademarked, patented or copyrighted.

Don't forget to update your estate plan when you remarry

Remarriage is one of those life events that will likely necessitate some changes to your estate plan. You'll probably want to include your new spouse in your plan while ensuring that any children from your previous marriage still receive at least some of the assets that you originally designated to them. Further, you may want to designate your new spouse as your health care and/or financial power of attorney.

What estate planning documents should all young adults have?

Most young people don't consider developing an estate plan unless they have a considerable amount of money or assets, either from earnings, an inheritance, a legal settlement or some other source. They're busy building their careers, working towards paying off student loans and perhaps starting families.

Helping executors and others manage your digital estate

Increasingly, more of our financial and social activity is carried out online. This can create a dilemma for surviving family members when someone dies. While people can and should designate an executor for their estate in their will, that designation doesn't give them access to accounts that are strictly online, such as some bank accounts and e-mail accounts.

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