Estate Planning Lawyer in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Surrounding Parishes in Louisiana
Legal planning for death or incapacity can be a source of anxiety. However, our clients often express great relief upon completing their estate plan.
Failure to develop an estate plan can result in the laws of the State of Louisiana determining who gets your property at death, increased costs and conflict among family members about your estate, or exorbitant legal costs and intrusion into you and your family’s privacy.
Our New Orleans Estate Planning Lawyers will work closely to develop a plan that is right for you and your family.
Essential Estate Planning Documents
We provide an individualized approach when meeting your estate planning needs. In most cases, we recommend that our clients consider at least the following essential estate planning documents:
- Last Will and Testament: A will is a written document that states how your assets are going to be distributed upon your death. It may be complex or very simple; however, even the simplest will must meet strict form requirements or it could be legally unenforceable. If you die without a will, your property will be distributed in accordance with Louisiana intestate succession law.
- Living Will: A living will is a written document that states your preferences about medical care in the event of a terminal illness. It instructs your physicians on whether or not to use artificial medical life sustaining procedures to prolong your life.
- Medical Power of Attorney: Similar to a living will, a medical power of attorney also is a written statement of your preferences regarding medical care. However, the power of attorney applies to all medical situations in which you cannot make your wishes known, while a living will applies only in the event of terminal illness. The medical power of attorney also establishes an agent that can act on your behalf in making important medical decisions.
- Power of Attorney for Finances: A power of attorney for finances is a directive wherein you appoint an individual (called your agent) to handle your financial matters if you are physically or mentally unable, or unwilling to do so.
Additional Estate Planning Services
When your situation requires additional skill and attention, our attorneys can help you with complex estate law services including, but not limited to:
- Contested Wills and Estates
- Probate and Estate Administration