Why do couples avoid retirement planning?

Is the wife mostly to blame? Fewer than half of married couples do any retirement planning at all. A focus group conducted by Hearts & Wallets showed that husbands can get frustrated that wives show no interest at all in retirement planning. One man reported that...

Divorce trumped by beneficiary form

It happens all the time: someone gets divorced but does not think to change the beneficiary of their life insurance and other benefits. Louisiana has some specific laws governing what happens when someone divorces but still has the ex listed as their beneficiary on...

Joint wills are null in Louisiana

I think most lawyers in Louisiana run into this problem: husband and wife want to do a “joint” will leaving everything to each other. When they are told they cannot do a joint will, they become suspicious that perhaps the lawyer is just trying to inflate the price by...

Discussing prenups with clients

One of the hardest discussions to have with clients is whether a prenup agreement is advisable. I once had a client who assured me that his intended wife was fully on board with the idea of a pre-marital agreement. When they came in, she took one look at the document,...

Endymion – Greatest Hits

Hit by a bag of beads. Did you assume the risk? You’re at Mardi Gras having a good time New Orleans style when a string of beads hits you in the eye. Do you have any recourse against the person who threw the beads? Against the Mardi Gras krewe organizers? Take...

$1.2 Million Executor Mistake

Choosing an executor of your estate is not something you should do as an afterthought. What people sometimes don’t realize is the importance of having a good executor. Even if attorneys are hired by the executor to handle filings and taxes, the executor still...