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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: my mother passed away an she has two brothers and my grandmother passed away would we get our mothers share of the Will
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 28, 2022

If your mother had a will, then it largely depends on the wording in your mother's will as to what she says would happen to your mother's portion should your mother (or any child) pre-decease her. I recommend taking a copy of the will to a probate/succession attorney in your area and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: This question has to do with acquiring property. Am I in the right forum?

I was power of attorney to an elderly woman whom passed four years ago. I have paid taxes for the past 4 years on the property left after residents died and left no instructions on whom to contact after their deaths. They had no children. I have attempted to contact the one person iknow to be... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Why did you pay the taxes? A tax sale would have possibly got you the property. Hire an attorney to search the title, then determine heirship/succession. Even one heir might quit claim his interest which puts you in possession of the property, even though other heirs exist. The other option is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: I'm in the state of Louisiana. How is estates settled after death with no will.

Husband had 3 children prior to marriage wife had 1 child prior to marriage. No children together. Husband passed first with no will. Wife passed no will.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 3, 2022

I am sorry for your loss. A succession will have to be open to pass the decedent's estate onto his heirs----in this instance, since there is no will, who receives the estate is based on Louisiana law. Further, depending on the solvency of an estate, sometimes it may be advised to hold off on... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: My mother left me a small house in her will. She has no other property. How do I get the house in my name?

I just need to know the steps I need to take. I do not live in LA and have to go back to TX Friday.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 27, 2022

Depending on the value of her estate, you might be able to complete this via affidavit. If not, then you would have to open a succession. I would recommend that you hire a succession/probate attorney to do this----it is not worth a title issue in the future because it's not done right at... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Wrongful Death for Louisiana on
Q: When writing a will, is it possible to prevent a relative from filing a lawsuit in my name after I die?

I want to make sure that no relative has the opportunity to file a wrongful death or other types of lawsuits on my behalf if I've died. Instead, if applicable, I want to leave that sole right and opportunity to my partner, to whom I'm not married.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 2, 2022

You need to speak to an estate planning attorney to discuss whether or not what you desire can happen. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: In Louisiana, wife was donated property by her parents. Parents kept usufruct. Wife passes, who gets property.

Wife's parents donated property to daughter and parents retained usufruct. Wife passed a year ago. Who gets the property? The husband, the kids or does it go back to parents?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 5, 2022

Sorry for your loss. More information is needed to answer this without making assumptions but if the wife had ownership of the property then her ownership would pass to her children subject to her parents usufruct if there is no will. If there is a will, then depends what the will says, although... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Ok my fiancee's parents died in a car wreck 2 yrs ago she just finished to get rn license in Florida and I'm in Louisian

I was contacted by lawyer saying he needed a Sworn Affidavit of Oath of Kinship proceeded saying something about Georgia which I'm assuming that's where he is and needed 400 and something dollars. I said I needed some legal documentation and his response was

Sir any... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 4, 2022

Sounds like a scam to me, and or you are not entitled to anything. Or this is one of the services which supposedly finds unclaimed money and seeks to locate the rightful recipient of the money for a finder's fee---that said, they usually do not require money up front-----if you believe there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: What is the rules of tax purchase on property. He has paid taxes since 2005 . Prperty owner has died no kids or wife..
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 12, 2022

Depends----did you purchase the tax title or did you pay the taxes but in the owner's name? There's a big difference here. Anyway, I would contact a local attorney in your area and to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: I live in Louisiana, my mother has passed away. I have 1 sister and a 1/2 sister. can my dad leave my 1/2 sister out

my father has me and my sister's benefices for all of his accounts

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 30, 2022

More information is needed, however unless your 1/2 is a forced heir, then he could leave your 1/2 sister out of the will. Please contact a successions attorney in your area to specifically discuss your case.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: My family is needing a succession to clear up some property in Louisiana. It is 9 involved. What's the process
James Scott Ruel
James Scott Ruel
answered on Jun 17, 2022

Generally a petition for possession is filed with the clerk of court where the decedent lived at the time of death. Sometimes and administration is required where someone is appointed to handle the business of the estate. Once the heirs are identified and the assets of the estate are identified,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Can an exector withdraw money from the estate without permission from the judge in the state of LA

My brother is the excector of my Mom's estate and he has sold all of the household goods in order to pay his attorney to fight me in court, can he withdraw money from the estate without judge approval?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 23, 2022

Most likely yes, but a lot of it depends on the language in the Order which appointed him as executor. Also, you might be able to go to Court and context the disbursements-----contact a succession lawyer in your are and arrange a consult to specifically discuss your matter. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: My trustee of spendthrift trust has not provided me an accounting of any thing at all from the start. In Louisiana

My father passed away in May 2020. Among very egregious things she has not provided any information at all from the beginning till now I’ve asked numerous times and I am always told it will be soon I don’t even know what it was to begin with

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 10, 2022

If the trustee will not voluntarily provide you the information you request and you are entitled to receive such, then you need to consult with and possibly hire an attorney to assist you in obtaining this information.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Once a will is filled with the courts how long should it take to disperse the money . Is there a time line?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 5, 2022

It's a case by case basis determined by the complexity of the estate and the organization of the debts/assets. If you are on good terms with the attorney who opened the succession, then contact the attorney and ask for a timeline, as well as what needs to be completed before a disbursement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I gift my mortgaged house to my daughter now, (pre death), to avoid probate or other issues after my death?

I am currently making a will/trust who names my daughter as beneficiary of my property, however, I am unclear about a mortgaged property and how it is handled.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 21, 2022

There are potential income and tax consequences depending on when you make the transfer and how you accomplish this----as such, I recommend that you at a minimum, seek a consultation with an estate planning attorney to discuss your objectives and how to accomplish them---and if, after meeting with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Antitrust and Internet Law for Louisiana on
Q: My parents will has nothing in it about my mothers jewelry. However my father split his guns with my 2 brothers yrs ago.

I'm the only girl and the baby. It was always known that I was to inherit mother's jewelry collection. My oldest brother is the exacutor of my trust and was the beneficiary of my parents estate for past 7 years. Mother died n November and dad in 2018. We are at the end of the succession... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 11, 2022

You need to contact an attorney who handles successions and estate matters as soon as possible to file the proper pleadings to review the pleadings filed, protect your interest and to object to the inventory your brother has likely filed, if it does not have your mother's jewelry listed.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Can my sister sue me for gifts my mother gave me while alive?

Mom died 7 months ago. Mom had a line in her will that stated, "all donations inter vivos which I have made to any of my children are intended as extra portions and collation must not be required of any of my children." I was moms sole caretaker. My sister did nothing. Mom gave me... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 10, 2022

I am sorry for your loss and that there's conflict in your family at this time. But in answer to your question, based on your post and because there is conflict with you and your sister, I recommend that you consult with a succession attorney to specifically advise/represent you in connection... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: If I've appointed a power of attorney, will she still need succession on my property after my death?
Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jan 27, 2022

A power of attorney grants the agent/attorney in fact authority to make decisions and take actions on your behalf, as spelled out in the POA, while you are alive. It expires at death. If you want to designate who receives property when you die, then you need a will or a trust or, in some states,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: Are step kids entitled to part of my 401k?

My wife recently passed away. We did not have any children but she had two children from a previous marriage. I never adopted them or anything like that and they are both in their 30's now. During the marriage I had and still have a 401k that I contribute money to. My wife is obviously no... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 26, 2022

With the concerns identified in your post, I would recommend that you contact an attorney knowledgeable in community property law and in probate/successions law to discuss your concerns and any other which you might think of before your meeting and how to proceed going forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: Are any of these wills still good?

My Grandmother made a will and then changed it by doing a second will. When she died recently, we found the original of the first will she did but we could only find a copy of her second will and not the original. We don't know if she wanted to get rid of her second will or if she just lost... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 24, 2022

Based on your post, it is highly recommended that you consult with, and then possibly hire, a successions attorney in your area to assist in determining which will is to be used.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Help! Succession process with minors and no will. Only property is the house with little equity, how does it work?

My wife passed away and I have 3 minor children. There was no Will and the only community property is our home. My wife and I are on both the mortgage and the title. I am considering selling the home and know I need to go through succession but my question is on the process.

There is not a... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 20, 2022

No matter who and how many replies you get to this, I would recommend that you contact a successions attorney in your area and have a sit down and specifically discuss your situation and determine the best way to proceed. You use the term "simple succession" which might have a specific... Read more »

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