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Posted: November 23, 2016

How do I talk to about Estate Planning?

     The holidays are here and I am excited.  There is nothing better than having a good time with family and friends eating, drinking (responsibly please), and watching some football. But let us be honest with each other, you are not reading this blog because you want to hear how much I love watching football with my family; you are here because you need some estate planning a...
Posted: October 24, 2016

Is today the right day to draft a will?

    Yes.  There is never a bad time to create a successful estate plan; however, there are certain moments or events that may make you consider creating one or revising a previous one.  The worst case would be for something to happen to you, leaving little to no time to take care of your family.     There are certain key moments in each of our lives that creating an ...
Posted: October 3, 2016

What is the value of my estate?

      In my experience, most people undervalue their estate’s worth. In most cases, they do not understand what their estate is or how to calculate its value. The value of your estate is important to know as it helps to determine two things: how much you may have available to leave for any forced heirs, and whether or not you have to pay a Federal Inheritance Tax.  ...
Posted: July 18, 2016

What kind of estate planning do I need if I do not have any kids?

           Now, the most common reason people decide to create an estate plan is to preserve their estate for their heirs, but not everyone reading this blog has kids or will have kids; and the question that remains is – “why do I need an estate plan?”  The answer is because you (a) should want to direct where your wealth goes when you die, and ...
Posted: July 5, 2016

What is a Trust?

          A common question I receive when working with parents is “What exactly is a trust?”  A trust is a legal instrument that is created to protect and preserve your property, and in most cases to delay its distribution.  I like to use the analogy of a “chest” to describe the (4) key parts of a trust instrument: (1) Creator (settlor), ...
Posted: June 27, 2016

Considerations in Choosing a Trustee

          As we have previously discussed, having an estate plan in place as a young parent is a responsible and proactive way to protect your children in the event of the tragic. Even if you are a more experienced parent, you certainly want to ensure the estate you have worked hard to build is handled in a fair and responsible manner. As a young parent, you may believe yo...
Posted: June 21, 2016

Adoption Announcement

The Donovan Law Firm, LLC, is excited to announce that we are now accepting adoption cases in an effort to apply our legal skills to help advocate for children and families.  In the very near future we will have an expanded website that will provide prospective adoptive parents and birth mothers information on the adoption process.  Donovan Law Firm, LLC, will offer legal services to ass...
Posted: February 22, 2016

I Just Became a Parent, Do I Need a Last Will and Testament?

            Yes.  Of course, that is the expected answer coming from a lawyer, but it is also should be the expected answer coming from a parent of any experience.  Writing a Last Will and Testament (hereinafter Will) allows the testator, you, to direct how you want your assets distributed and what steps can be taken to protect your family.  As a n...
Posted: October 12, 2015

Protecting Yourself in a Motorcycle Accident

           It may go without saying, but being involved in a motorcycle accident as either the rider or the passenger increases your chances of suffering a severe, and possibly fatal, injury.  The reason being is pretty clear and straightforward –as a rider you are exposed when you are in a motorcycle accident with another car or truck.  As a motorcycl...
Posted: August 16, 2015

Donovan Law Firm, LLC – Newsletter

Donovan Law Firm, LLC – Newsletter We are pleased to announce that starting in November, we will begin sending out a newsletter to all past, present and prospective clients who sign up.  The newsletter will give us another opportunity to connect with you and provide insight into legal issues that may affect you, a loved one, or a friend.  Each newsletter will focus on a particular...
Posted: August 16, 2015

Can I leave more of my estate to one of my children?

The clients most likely asking this question are coming from a place of sincere concern for one of their children, and not as a slight to others. The answer, generally speaking, is yes.  This is one of the benefits of contacting an attorney and writing a will because it gives you the opportunity to decide how your estate is to be divided upon your death.  The alternative is that if you d...
Posted: August 16, 2015

I cannot be charged with DWI if I did not Blow, right?

A question that I get often is regarding whether or not a person should “blow” following an arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Louisiana.  Typically, this question comes from someone who has not yet been arrested and the advice I always give them is simple – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!  Now, I have defended clients who have been arrested and refused to blow,...
Posted: August 16, 2015

Why do I need a living will?”

This is the response that I usually get from individuals when I ask them if they have a living will.  Most of us, myself included, like to believe that we will always have time to prepare, and that a living will or a regular will can wait until later.  Unfortunately, all of us know that it is not true and that accidents or illnesses can strike suddenly and without warning.  It can ...

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