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...

Durst – Will He Lose His Inheritance?

The arrest in New Orleans of suspected murderer Robert Durst is making the headlines every day as he tries to defeat probable cause and other legal issues that keep him in jail -but there is another interesting question: “What happens to his money?” Durst...

Adjusting Financially After a Divorce

Adjusting to Life Financially after a Divorce There’s no doubt about it–going through a divorce can be an emotionally trying time. Ironing out a divorce settlement, attending various court hearings, and dealing with competing attorneys can all weigh...

Referral Power of Divorce Lawyers

“Divorce attorneys have enormous influence with their wealthy clients when it comes to recommending other professionals such as other attorneys, therapists, and financial advisors.” —Forbes The Forbes article is correct, if you think about it. Divorce is...

Estate Planning Checklist

Here are five estate planning items you should take care of right now. 1. Stop procrastinating. People tend to think they have a lifetime to take care of their estate planning. When people ask me “How long do I have to take care of this?” I usually respond...

Disbarred over stupid things

We have reported over the years on lawyers who get into trouble or even disbarred over the stupid things they do. This is one of the dumbest of all time: A lawyer is suspended from practicing law for various reasons. While suspended, he takes a retainer to handle a...

Top ten tips for new lawyers

Lawyer Tips for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms.   Nina Kallen is a hard-working sole practitioner in Massachusetts who shares some of the lessons she has learned along the way: WINNERS: 1. Making copies of all checks from clients before you deposit them. You need...

Estate planning uncertain -again

We thought estate planning had reached some level of certainty, but we were wrong. The 2016 Obama budget has some real landmines hidden between the pages that will turn estate planning upside-down. The “permanent” estate tax statutes signed into law by President Obama...