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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Can the handwritten will be legal if printed?Covington. LA
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 16, 2020

If mean written by hand (manuscript) then it's an olographic will, and it can be legal if it is entirely handwritten by the testator, and if it's dated and signed by the testator. If it's typed or printed of of a computer, then it's not handwritten, but it can be a valid... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: While sep from my wife she had two other children from different fathers. Why are they listed as mine on paperwork?
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 10, 2020

If she gave birth to the children while married to you, you are presumed by law to be the father. If this is the case, you should consult with an attorney to discuss how to disavow paternity of the children. Otherwise, you could be legally responsible for paying child support for them.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: What steps to take for my husband to adopt my daughter? Her father isn't on the birth certificate nor part of life.

He is on child support but is over $11,000 behind. Also 2 years ago he wanted to sign over rights so he will most likely gladly sign them over so he doesn't have to pay.

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 3, 2020

An attorney familiar with adoption law can help you. Intrafamily adoptions are fairly quick, assuming the biological father does not object (or if his consent is not required) and they are generally less expensive than other types of adoptions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can i get custody of my niece when shes born or maybe even before hand?

My sister is due to give birth in 3 weeks and has been doing illegal substances the entire pregnancy and has been violent to others and self harmed and is homeless and has another child less than 2 years old in the states care i cant have children of my own and i am the only family member with the... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 22, 2020

You need to have an attorney involved as soon as possible, so that pleadings will be ready to file as soon as the child is born. Speak with an attorney who handles custody and family law matters. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: My girlfriend turns 18 in a few months, but she is still in high school. If she leaves on her bday, can she be arrested?

She is in an abusive home with her dad and stepmom, but her dad has a lot of money. Like a lot. She says that on her 18th birthday she is going to leave to live with her mom and her dad told her that if she left then he would have her and her mother arrested. Legally, can he do that? She is still a... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 20, 2020

Technically, if a child leaves home at 17, she cannot be arrested. However, her father could file to have her adjudicated as a delinquent. At 18, she is a legal adult and can live wherever she wants.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I be removed from my parents estate property after living here with my 86yr old grandmother?

I been living here 10+yrs and grandmother living here longer. Will has been claimed invalid according to courts. I have two siblings & brother doesn't want estate but sister does and am currently trying to work a deal with her. We live in Louisiana.

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 6, 2020

If you or are an owner or heir to the property, they have no right to evict you. To require you to move would most likely require one of your siblings to file to have the property partitioned or sold. Good luck.

4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Shared custody my son came home and said his dad hit him and he was tired of it wanted to call the police i brought him

To er they sent him to psychiatric hosp . he doesnt want me to tell his dad. Do i legally have to tell his dad anything? Hes supposed to be with his dad so his dad wants to know where he is. He called the er and told him he wasnt there. I dont know what to do and this is time sensitive. I want to... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 4, 2020

The ER should have called the police or OCS because of the suspected physical abuse. If they didn't, you should. You should also speak with an attorney or the local domestic abuse advocate (if you have trouble locating this person, call your parish DA's office and ask for her number)... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I went to ocs protective services cause that’s what the police officer told me and my daughter to do. He tried kill her.

But they said cause they just got evicted when we had whole hostage situation and cudnt serve, she instead went & got thier lawyer to bail him out didnt talk to nobody and left her baby wit me for two month I had to call and make a missing persons because she never checked in even when I told... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 3, 2020

I don't understand what you're asking, but from what I can understand, you are caring for a child who would be placed in danger if returned to the parents. I strongly suggest you contact an attorney who handles custody matters to advise you on what steps you can take to keep custody and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: im trying to find out if I am required to go to a court date or if i can get it dismissed?

short version I live in Louisiana my divorce was done here. I have a ongoing trial for custody in Louisiana. My ex left the state of Louisiana, around august 2020, with the kids and moved to Georgia without notifying myself or filling with the judge. She then filed a ex parte in Georgia immediately... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 28, 2020

You have a very good argument for having her filing dismissed in GA, but you need to hire an attorney in that jurisdiction to file pleadings to have them dismissed. This needs to be done before the court date.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Where can I find legal aid to help me get a divorce?
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 28, 2020

Do an internet search for "legal aid" or "legal services" located in the parish seat of the parish where you live.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have 2 daughters with my wife and 1 baby with a woman I had an affair with. She wants child support,Will it decrease

Will she get less money on child support because I have other children? Will it help low the cost?

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 26, 2020

The judge is not legally required to consider the other children, unless there is a court order of support for them. The judge may consider the fact that you have other children in your household to deviate from the child support guidelines, but he/she is not required to.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If I am 18 before I graduate can I move out and if not if I were to get married then could I legally move out?

My mom is very mentally abusive and and I tried to move out but she called the cops and they said I couldn’t move out till I graduate and me and my boyfriend have been talking about marriage and I was wondering if I could move In with him legally if we get married

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 26, 2020

If you are 18 you legally can move out, and law enforcement cannot stop you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: I'm a lawful permanent resident for 2 years, how can I divorce my husband who's not in the country

I got married outside the USA in a different country. I relocated to the USA with my son and have lived separately from my husband for 2 years, I want to divorce him and move on with my life as our marriage disintegrated prior to moving. He is in my home country

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 26, 2020

Yes, you can file for divorce here in Louisiana

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can my ex-husband adopt my 23 year old daughter? In Louisiana how much would it cost. Bio dad passed. All parties agree
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 18, 2020

Yes, this would be an adult adoption, which is fairly simple and inexpensive.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: In Louisiana , how can the father be served Child Support papers? Does it have to physically be given to him?

Or are there other options? He can always avoid physical papers. Can they be given by certified mail/ email?

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 24, 2020

Usually in Louisiana, service is either made personally (given to him) or domiciliary (given to someone at his residence). If the person resides in another state, service can be made "long-arm" through certified mail, or in any other way authorized by his state's laws.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: Do I receive the back child support if he had a lien? Do my kids need an attorney to receive the settlement as next kin

My kids father passed away and he had a settlement for unpaid settlement from a vehicle accident.

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 24, 2020

If the father died without a will then his children would be next of kin and would inherit the rights to pursue his claim. Also, if he had children other than the one(s) he owes child support for, then the lien for back-due support would be owed before any of the other money is distributed. I... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Louisiana on
Q: My mother was killed in a automobile accident on June 3,2020 and at the time of her passing she did not leave a will.

She owns a home (4918 Okeefe St Bossier City, La) which my girlfriend and I were currently living in at the time of my mother passing. I am the oldest child of two from my mother and father (mom and dad have been divorced for years now). My mother does own the home but has a mortgage due to... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 20, 2020

While your sister has a right of use to the house, she cannot kick you out to gain it. You have equal rights to use of the home. You can sue your sister for wrongful eviction and to be restored to use of the home. If you no longer wish to be a co-owner of the property with your sister and she... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can my girlfriend put me on child support even though the baby ain't mine but I signed the birth certificate

She lied like I was the father and the biological father still have all his rights

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 4, 2020

If you signed the birth certificate, you also signed an acknowledgement of paternity. So, even if you're not the biological father, you are the legal father. You would have one year from the date you realized you may not be the father to file a petition to disavow paternity, which would... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: Can I receive a ticket for hit and run if the accident occurred in a parking lot?

No injuries reported and the other vehicle was unattended.

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 4, 2020

No, the police don't issue tickets for accidents on private property. Most police departments won't even do a report.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Libel & Slander for Louisiana on
Q: My son has been kidnapped by his grandparents and they refuse to return him to me. What should I do?

xxx was my attorney during my custody case a few years back. Prior to the Corona breakout, my son was punished at home for refusing to do his chores, and went to school saying he wanted to kill himself, counselors had him admitted to Brentwood. There, he accused me of abuse. DCFS began an... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 27, 2020

Call your local police department or sheriff's office for assistance in having your son returned. They can assist you in pressing charges also if you wish to do so. Also, contact a family law attorney to further dvise you of your options.

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