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Is your estate plan up to date?

Planning for the future can feel like a daunting task and one that is far too easily avoidable. There are notorious cases of wealthy celebrities dying without a will or other estate plans, but it isn’t just the famous who make this error. No matter how small you think your estate may be, it is crucial to prepare a plan and keep it up to date over time.

For those living in Louisiana and trying to navigate your future goals, consider the importance of an updated, comprehensive estate plan as your first line of defense. Not only can an estate plan help you prepare for your financial future, but it can also prevent a potentially contentious succession process down the line.

Signs of stress in young children after divorce or separation

Children under the age of six often haven’t reached a stage in their development where they’re able to recognize and articulate how they feel.

If you are separating from your spouse, it’s important to recognize the signs of stress your child may be feeling, so that you can apply calming strategies during this important stage.

How can you still provide for your family after you die?

Providing for your family has been one of the most important parts of your life for as long as you can remember. But every so often you think about what might happen to your family if the unspeakable happens to you and you are not there for them anymore.

Thinking about a day when you are no longer around to provide for your family is difficult, but unfortunately necessary. You care about your family and want them to be safe and happy for the rest of their lives, but since the future is unknown, thinking about estate planning is important if you want to ensure the security of your family’s future.

Is a custody plan the next chapter in your fairytale?

"Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today, but eventually."

-Unknown writer

We all know the playground song about love, marriage and a baby carriage... These events, sometimes occurring in a different order, are the components of an age-old fairytale about what makes a happy life. While fairytales are sources of inspiration, they are also hard to attain.

In reality- love flickers in and out, babies arrive, marriages end and people move on.

But, what does moving on look like?

Who gets the baby carriage and the child within it?

Avoid custody heartache – claim your paternity rights at birth

You just became a father. You are not married to the baby’s mother, but you feel confident that you will uphold your role in raising the child. Unfortunately, unless you establish paternity, the Louisiana court views you as a stranger to the child.

You have no legal rights to your child as a new father if you are not legally married to the baby’s mother. Mothers hold all rights to determine religion, where your child lives, medical care and more.

Why is having an estate plan is so important?

Everyone has things they want to pass onto their loved ones after death. Generational inheritance can create a family thread that unites your heritage in unique ways. Perhaps it is a great-grandmother's wedding ring, family property, or savings that you want to go to your heirs and not the government. There are all types of assets that a person values and seeks a safe place to pass onto after leaving this world.

Estate planning offers exclusive legal assurance that your valuable assets are rightly delegated to your named heirs. Without going through the estate planning process, the government may seize your assets and liquify them to pay for debts or taxes owed. If your goal is to ensure your loved ones are the recipients of your hard-work and family legacy, then estate planning and trusts help you do this.

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