The legal system is very complex and varies state by state and Louisiana is well-known for having highly specific laws that are only applicable here. We have put a list of frequently asked questions together to help point you in the right direction. Note that because laws frequently change and every case is unique, this information is meant to be used as a guide and is not considered legal advice. For legal counsel on your particular situation, please contact us directly.
Do I have to have a lawyer?
It is by no means improper for you to represent yourself in your legal matters but keep in mind that judges and the court are not allowed to provide you with any legal guidance along the way. Attorneys are seasoned in the courtroom and are trained in the language, proceedings, deadlines and other items that could easily be overlooked. We recommend you at least consult with a lawyer prior to trying to represent yourself in court so you understand how difficult your particular case is.
Is custody more likely to go to the mother?
Louisiana’s custody laws are based on the best interests of the children. Therefore, it is the job of the court to determine what is in the children’s best interest, regardless of a parent’s gender.
If I’ve been in an auto accident, should I go to the doctor?
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or visible injuries, you should consult a doctor for their medical recommendation. If you have questions if your claim is valid, call Latiolais Law Firm today for a free consultation.
What is considered a personal injury case?
Any accident or injury could lead to a personal injury case. Personal injury is the result of harm due to negligence or an intentional act by another person. Some of the most common personal injury cases are vehicle accidents, slip and fall cases, medical malpractice, defamation, assault & battery and other intentional injuries.
Are grandparents entitled to visitations?
Yes, in the state of Louisiana, grandparents have the right to ask for reasonable visitation, and in some cases custody, of a minor child provided you can prove it is in the child’s best interests. Grandparents have a higher burden of proof to show if they are asking for custodial rights. Consult a lawyer to see what your options may be – remember, each case is different.
What happens if you die without a will?
In the state of Louisiana, if someone dies without a valid will and testament, their estate is to be handled by intestate succession. Intestate succession laws state your assets will be distributed among closest relatives. The specific order of who inherits what is dependent upon a few factors such as: if the property was separate or community, if you are survived by a spouse, or if you have children and grandchildren.
What is a good age to create a will?
Anyone of legal age (18 in most states) and sound mind can make a will. Our recommendation is to create a will once you have acquired property that you would wish to distribute upon your death. Property can be anything from a beloved pet, investment funds or bank accounts, a home and more.
If you have any questions about legal terms or advice, we would be happy to walk you through legal counsel. Contact us today!