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What's the state of your current estate planning process?

If you read the title to this post and thought it might not apply to you because you do not have an actual estate plan in place, you are likely not the only Louisiana reader to do so. However, there's no time like the present (as they say) to think of such things as it always takes a first idea and/or discussion to get the ball rolling. If making sure your final wishes regarding finances, assets and health care are honored is important to you, then you'll want to keep reading.

Legal guardianship can be incorporated into estate planning goals

Whether a person was recently married in Lake Charles or has already celebrated several anniversaries and is fully engaged in Louisiana family life, thoughts of the future and how to protect assets and provide for loved ones has likely entered his or her mind from time to time. The estate planning process is a means to this end and can be customized to meet individual needs and goals for the future. Parents are often particularly concerned about who will raise their children if something happens that renders them incapable.

Estate planning problems reportedly resolved among Feil siblings

In 2006, Gertrude Feil died, leaving her children an inheritance reportedly worth billions. The problem is the siblings disagreed over several estate planning issues, such as which one of them should be in charge, as well as how profits from multiple real estate properties they inherited should be divided as time goes on. When family disagreements like this arise after an estate owner dies in Lake Charles or elsewhere in Louisiana, achieving amicable solutions can be quite challenging.

Estate planning documents vary, but here are the top 4

Executing a plan for protecting your assets and providing for your loved ones' future is a process that is highly customizable. Estate planning is a topic many Lake Charles residents avoid, while others understand its many benefits and begin as early as possible to prepare their own plans. Doing so often includes seeking guidance from experienced probate and administration attorneys.

Nike's "Just Do It" slogan relates to estate planning

Lake Charles farmers may be among many other business owners in the nation who believe succession plans are crucial toward their families' well-beings. However, for whatever reasons, many are hesitant to consider estate planning as a most viable tool in developing a secure plan. Procrastination often gets the best of many Louisiana farmers, and some say it's all about simply making up one's mind to do something, then doing it.

District attorney fighting hard in drunk driving case

A particular district attorney in Louisiana is fighting hard against a woman involved in a current court case. She's accused of drunk driving and was released from jail after posting a $126,000 bond. This option is often part of the adjudication process in Lake Charles and throughout the state, and those set with bonds are free to go when they fulfill payment.

Many adult children unhappy with their parents' estate planning

In Lake Charles and other areas of Louisiana, a surprising number of people (as appears to be the case throughout the nation) fail to protect their assets and secure financial stability for their loved ones in the event of their own deaths. Dying with no will in place can cause an avalanche of problems for adult children and other family members. Beyond the fact that many Americans simply pay no mind to estate planning, those who do often leave behind loved ones who are quite unhappy with how they chose to distribute their assets.

Do you really need a health care directive?

Life is uncertain, and it is impossible to predict what will happen or what your needs will be in the future. It can be worrisome to think about who will care for you in the future and who will make decisions on your behalf, but you have the right and the ability to make these decisions for yourself.

Helping aging parents in Lake Charles with estate planning

Most adult children in Lake Charles and throughout Louisiana (and the nation, for that matter) want to help their parents as best they can as they navigate their golden years. Many sons and daughters understand the importance of careful estate planning in this regard, yet some hesitate to broach the topic with their parents. Reasons for hesitating vary, but often include the fact that many people simply have a difficult time talking about mortality.

When family peacemaker dies, estate planning squabbles may occur

Many Lake Charles families (as well as others throughout Louisiana and the nation) include people who are known as the hearts of their families and peacemakers in times of trouble. When those particular people pass away, it is not uncommon for estate planning complications to arise within their families. When the one to whom everyone looked for guidance is gone, resolving disagreements may be all the more challenging.

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