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Estate planning for 'Baby Boomers'

Members of the "baby boomer" generation are notable for their care of their health -- they eat right, work out and strive for long lives. Baby boomers are also getting to the age where estate planning is becoming yet another thing on the endless "to-do" list. Checking in on the estate planning process periodically is an important step, like good diet, because things are constantly changing.

Thomas Kinkade's estate remains contentious

In court this week, the lawyers for late artist Thomas Kinkade's former live-in girlfriend claimed that she is unsafe. The house she and Kinkade shared before his death, which she has been renting to the tune of $11,000 a month, was allegedly broken into this week. This break-in is the most recent in a string of vandalism in Amy Pinto's life. Her car and two of her friends' cars have been recently vandalized as well. Her attorneys claim it is not a coincidence.

Can you include your iTunes library in your will?

Have you wondered about the future of your digital music collection, elibrary and digital copies of your favorite movies? According to a MarketWatch survey, the average American spends $30 per month on ebooks and digital music purchases. Digital estate planning and concerns about digital property are relatively new, but the future of this property is of great interest to many people.

5 must-dos for estate planning, part two

Last week we listed three essentials for estate planning, emphasizing the need to get the estate in order now -- planning ahead for your family and loved ones, so they will not have to contend with the will or other details in their time of mourning. It can also be a comfort to you, knowing everything is in place.

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