ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE
Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer Services
Whether you have one asset or one hundred, estate planning is essential
It’s often difficult to think about, but writing a will is absolutely necessary. Estate planning is the act of preparing the transfer of you or your loved one’s assets after death. Your estate is made up of everything you own and includes cash, personal items, your home, land, pets, investments, and more. Whether you have many assets or just a few, it is vital for you to seek the advice of an attorney to help you protect them. Louisiana has complex laws regarding trusts, wills, and estate planning, which means you must make sure you solidify your wishes in writing. Emily Latiolais will ensure that your affairs are in order and that estate planning documents are valid and enforceable. Gain peace of mind by protecting your assets and loved ones through estate planning! An estate plan will typically, but not always, include:
- A will, a trust, or both
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney
- Burial arrangements
- Donations to science or charities
Emily Latiolais has experience creating estate plans and will tailor your plan based off of your specific needs. The goal of an effective estate plan is to ensure the intended distribution of assets and minimize heartache and stress to your loved ones.
Probate is the legal process through which the deceased’s estate is distributed to beneficiaries and debt is paid off to creditors. Emily Latiolais can advise the executors and beneficiaries of an estate on how to settle the final affairs of your lost loved one. Some common tasks we assist with during probate include:
- Identifying and securing estate assets
- Determining the solvency of the estate
- Transferring assets to appropriate beneficiaries
- Opening an estate, known as a Succession in Louisiana, and acquiring certified letters of administration or executorship, and Judgment of Possession.
If your loved one has recently passed, Emily Latiolais is easy to talk to for this difficult conversation. Whether you have a will to probate or if your loved one died without a will, Emily can offer you knowledgeable advice and skill through this process.
Wills | Living Wills | Power of Attorney | Healthcare Power of Attorney
Probate of Successions/Estates | Trusts | Pet Trusts