How to write a will — and what happens when you die without one

Fans were shocked to learn Aretha Franklin didn't leave behind a will. Here's what will happen to her estate — and why you really, really need a will of your own.


Hong Kong now grants visas to same-sex expat couples — but doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage

Hong Kong's top court ruled that the same-sex spouses of working expats will now be able to get a visa to live in the semiautonomous city.

What the Supreme Court decision means for workers — especially if you work at a private company

More than 60 million workers just lost the right to take their employers to court in the event of wage theft, sexual harassment and other disputes.

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill: 5 key ways the plan will affect you

Here's the GOP tax bill explained, with details on how it could change your financial situation.

Why is it so hard to drink and dine with your dog in New York?

Restaurants and bars across the pond welcome four-legged patrons, but it's still frowned upon in pet-friendly New York City.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

Even where marijuana is decriminalized, police continue to target minorities for arrests

What if prosecutors just started throwing out these cases en masse?

One of Jared Kushner’s lawyers is dropping off of the Russia case

The prominent lawyer is known to run in primarily Democratic circles in Washington.

Who is Rinat Akhmetshin? Meet the Soviet spy-turned-lobbyist who met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016.

The former Soviet spy has been accused of organizing a hacking scheme against a Russian mining company.

Republican Rep. Steve King wants to fund the border wall with food stamp budget

"I would find a half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget and the rest of it can come out of food stamps," Rep. Steve King said.

As Robert Mueller’s legal team grows, here’s what to know about the lawyers investigating Trump

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is recruiting the top legal minds to his team — but his picks aren't without controversy.


Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cocaine and heroin? Oregon may try it.

The governor called it “an important step towards creating a more equitable justice system to better serve all Oregonians.”

Ohio police officer who fatally shot John Crawford III inside a Walmart won’t be charged

Crawford's family will pursue a civil suit against the officer, the city and Walmart.

The ‘Intercept’ says it “fell short” in protecting source who prosecutors say is Reality Winner

No one has been terminated after the 'Intercept' reviewed how it handled a classified NSA report.

Bill Cosby reportedly considering replacing defense attorney for retrial

Shake-ups ahead for the Cosby retrial?

Here’s why Nevada is running out of weed just 10 days after legalization

Nevada actually has plenty of pot, just no distributors.

Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan Futerfas represented New York mafia families

Futerfas' prior clients include alleged members of the Colombo, Gambino and Genovese crime families.

Blac Chyna has taken out a temporary restraining order against Rob Kardashian

“The moral of the story is he doesn’t respect me,” Chyna said in a Monday interview on 'Good Morning America.' “If you can’t respect me, you have to respect the law.”

Oregon’s legislators just passed a bill protecting women’s reproductive rights

Oregon's Reproductive Health Equity Act would provide abortions at no cost to patients who don't qualify for health care coverage.

Florida judge rules part of “Stand Your Ground” law unconstitutional

Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that a change to the law making it harder to prosecute shooters violated "constitutional separation of powers."

Watchdog group says Kris Kobach is exploiting the “voter fraud commission” for political gain

Kobach faces a Hatch Act complaint from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Legal weed in Nevada makes bank on first day of sales

Weed sold so fast in Nevada one dispensary had to go to a "men's club" to get change for customers.

Judge in Brock Turner rape case speaks out for first time

The judge defended the ruling by saying he had to "consider both sides."

Eric Dreiband picked to lead DOJ's civil rights division — here's a look at his record on equality

The nominee has defended employers accused of age and pregnancy discrimination, and has stood against transgender rights and equal pay for women.

New law in Germany requires social media sites to remove hate speech

Facebook isn't happy about the new law.


Why many "lawful" Mexican immigrants don't become US citizens, even when they're allowed to

The path to citizenship may be harder than you think.

Judge blocks parts of Indiana abortion law targeting minors

The injunction is seen as a win for abortion rights advocates.

Third Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Banks, convicted in rape case

A jury found Brandon Banks guilty on one count of aggravated rape and one count of sexual battery, sending him to a probable 15 years in prison.

New Jersey bill would require kids to be taught how to interact with police

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade would receive the education.