Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but the grieving process can be even more complicated when they fail to leave behind a will. A lack of estate planning documents can leave you and other potential heirs confused about how to handle your family member's estate, but you may have options for an easier approach. Estates valued at $125,000 or less can be handled through small succession, a process that is usually quicker and less expensive than typical succession.
Throughout life, you have undoubtedly wanted to find many ways to show your loved ones that you care about them. You may have bought gifts, done favors, spent time with them or carried out any number of other actions to express your love. What you may not have considered, however, is how creating an estate plan could also act as a beneficial gift.
Police claim that the streets in Lake Charles may be less safe than most people think. According to officials, as many as 25 percent of Louisiana drivers are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol at any given time. A task force recently suggested establishing another way to combat these offenses outside of drunk driving charges, which would involve creating a new criminal offense -- driving under the influence of drugs, or a DUID.
A Louisiana officer was recently arrested for the second time in four months. Authorities say that he was under the influence of alcohol when he caused an accident. He was charged with drunk driving, which is his third time facing such an offense. Although even first time DWI charges are serious, subsequent arrests can have serious implications for Lake Charles defendants.