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Complex family dynamics and estate planning

Some people in Louisiana may be facing challenging family dynamics while creating an estate plan. Many estate planning advisors suggest that a successful estate plan must have an element of communication with family members. Some people write a letter of intent to go with their estate plan and explain the choices made.

Online wills present possible estate planning risks

Yes, there's something to be said for a Louisiana resident that makes the effort to actually make out a will. It's better to actually have some type of document prepared than to have nothing at all. But a do-it-yourself approach to will prep, like what's commonly available online, could result in some unexpected and potentially costly estate-planning mistakes.

What powers of attorney can and cannot do

Powers of attorney are important parts of an estate plan, but people in Louisiana should be aware of some common misconceptions about them. One myth is that a power of attorney is a uniform document that can be used from state to state. This is not the case; some states may not even recognize a power of attorney from another state.

Procrastinating is not ideal in estate planning

Those who own property or live in Louisiana may be stressing over the prospect of creating an estate plan. The good news is that the anticipation may actually be worse than creating the plan itself. Those who are concerned about how to make an estate plan should consult with an attorney for help.

Dealing with digital assets in an estate plan

While many people may have estate plans that do not take digital assets into account, some Louisiana residents might want to look at the issue. Digital assets can range from photographs to emails to cryptocurrency and more. They may have both sentimental and monetary value.

What happens if a person dies intestate

Some people in Louisiana might think they do not need to create a will because they have so few assets. However, a will can also be used to name a guardian for any minor children. Family members may go to court if a guardian is not named, but the relative who is granted guardianship might not be the one a parent would have chosen. This is also true if the person is responsible for the care of an adult who is mentally incapacitated.

Incentive trusts control assets meant to benefit addicts

The prevalence of opioid addiction in Louisiana and throughout America rightly concerns people who intend to bequeath an inheritance to someone troubled by serious substance abuse. A benefactor worried that money given to an heir addicted to narcotics will encourage drug buying can explore the potential of setting up an incentive trust.

What to know about creating a second trust

Louisiana residents and others may find that a trust is an effective estate planning tool. In fact, individuals can create more than one trust to meet their needs. Unless a new trust is created specifically to nullify an existing document, both trusts can be valid at the same time. However, there may be no need to create a second trust to amend or revoke an existing one.

Passing of President Bush shows importance of estate planning

Before former President George H. W. Bush passed away, his wife and longtime companion Barbara preceded him in death less than eight months earlier. While some say it is touching that the husband passed away fairly soon after his wife, it serves to highlight the importance of proper estate planning for Louisiana couples.

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