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When a loved one dies, our advice is to take care of the dead, take care of the living, and only then, take care of business. We believe that rushing to open a succession while still grieving is a mistake.
Once you are ready to proceed, we will need a few basic documents, including a death certificate, bank and brokerage statements as of the date of death, property records, and records of the decedent’s outstanding debts, if any.
If there is a will, our first task will be to get the Louisiana courts to accept the will as valid. Then, if the will names a person as executor or administrator of the succession, we petition the court to allow that person to conduct business on the part of the succession. During the administration of the estate, the succession is manager of the property, and the IRS will issue it a unique tax ID number, which will allow it to open a succession bank account permitting the executor or administrator to pay bills for the estate.
Once the value of the assets has been determined, we can ask the court to put the heirs in possession of the items left to them.
Sometimes real estate has to be sold from the succession to distribute cash to the heirs.
Sometimes there are complications, like debts that have to be negotiated or titles to properties that have to be cleared. These things mark the difference between a succession that is simple and inexpensive and one that is more complex and time-consuming. Saving your heirs expense is also part of why you want to write a clear will.
The final document in a succession is a Judgment of Possession. Once this document is issued by the court and the executor or administrator is discharged, the succession is closed.
When considering a medical malpractice claim, the first step is always to obtain your medical records. We will ask you to sign a medical release form to use when contacting your doctors. Your medical records will help us determine whether or not there is a reasonable basis for your claim for damages.
Before filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, your claim must be reviewed by a medical review panel of three doctors, who render their opinion as to whether there is a basis for such a claim. This panel review can take up to a year before the suit can go forward.
In every medical malpractice case, the injured party must have a doctor in the same medical field as the defendant to establish that there was a beach of the standard of care and that the breach was the cause in fact of the injuries.
To create a suitable contract, we need to talk to the parties to understand what you’re trying to accomplish. We can then counsel you on the best type of arrangement you should make amongst the parties to achieve what you’re trying to do.
Adults who live together, or who own a home together, sometimes face hurdles in Louisiana, a state which recognizes community property rights solely between a man and a woman who are married. Personal contracts can create the rough equivalent of a civil union between unmarried people who want to make sure that their property rights, their parental rights, and their right to speak on behalf of a loved in case of illness are protected.