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Supporting your parents -what will it cost you?

How much to support your parents?While only about a third of aging parents believe they may need long term care, the fact is that about two-thirds of them actually will need it. In many cases, financially successful children have to step in to pay for their parent’s care.

There is obviously a very large gap between what aging parents believe, and the hard reality of long-term care. This “in denial gap” will cause enormous problems for families who do not face the issues early on. read more…

How do I change or revoke a will?

Your will does not take effect until you die. You can create a new will or revoke or amend an existing will up until your death.

willA will remains valid until properly revoked or superseded. Revoking your will must be done very carefully. Most state laws require that the will be revoked by a subsequent instrument (a new will) or by a physical act (e.g., destroying or defacing it). This means the will must either be burned, torn, or read more…

Why do couples avoid retirement planning?

Is the wife mostly to blame?

Fewer than half of married couples do any retirement planning at all.

Lack of retirement planningA 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 his wife “is not interested in investing,” and another said “all my wife cares about is if we’re going to have the money.” read more…

Divorce trumped by beneficiary form

BeneficiaryIt 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 their insurance forms. Did they just forget to take the ex off? read more…

Joint wills are null in Louisiana

artI 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 read more…

Discussing prenups with clients

Prenup agreementsOne 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, said “What the hell is this?” -and left crying. Relying on one party to say that both parties understand and agree to a prenup is a mistake I will never make again.

In Louisiana, parties can enter into a pre-marital agreement, or “prenup” prior to marriage. read more…