Successions & Estate Planning
At Bougard Law Firm, we understand that planning for the future is essential to ensure your hard-earned assets are protected and your loved ones are provided for. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the intricate processes of successions and estate planning, offering personalized solutions tailored to your unique needs and goals.
Successions: Preserving Your Legacy
A succession is the legal process of administering a deceased person’s estate and distributing their assets according to their wishes or applicable laws. Navigating this process can be complex, especially during a time of grief. Our empathetic attorneys are well-versed in Louisiana’s succession laws and will assist you every step of the way.
Our Succession Services Include:
Estate Administration: Our legal team will handle the administrative tasks, including validating the will (if applicable), identifying and valuing assets, settling debts, and transferring property to beneficiaries.
Will Validation: If the deceased left a valid will, we will work diligently to ensure its proper validation and adherence to the testator’s intentions.
Intestate Succession: In cases where there is no valid will, we will guide you through the rules of intestate succession to distribute the estate according to Louisiana law.
Resolving Disputes: If disputes arise among heirs or beneficiaries, we will seek amicable resolutions, minimizing conflicts and preserving family relationships.
Minors’ Heirship Issues: Our firm can address concerns related to minors’ inheritance, guardianship, and managing their assets until they come of age.
Estate Planning: Securing Your Family's Future
Estate planning is a proactive and essential process that allows you to make decisions about how your assets will be managed and distributed after your passing. Our estate planning services aim to protect your loved ones, minimize tax liabilities, and ensure your wishes are carried out.
Our Estate Planning Services Include:
Wills and Trusts: Our attorneys will help you create a comprehensive will or trust that reflects your intentions and safeguards your assets for the benefit of your chosen beneficiaries.
Living Wills and Advance Directives: We assist in drafting advance directives and living wills to communicate your healthcare preferences and appoint a trusted individual to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
Power of Attorney: We can help you designate a trusted agent to manage your financial affairs if you are unable to do so.
Tax Planning: Our team will explore tax-saving strategies to minimize estate taxes and preserve the wealth you’ve worked hard to build.
Asset Protection: We’ll assist in structuring your estate to protect it from potential creditors and legal liabilities.
Plan with Confidence
Whether you’re seeking to plan your estate or navigate the complexities of a succession, our dedicated attorneys at Bougard Law Firm are committed to providing you with peace of mind. We take the time to understand your unique circumstances and goals, tailoring our legal solutions to ensure your legacy is protected and your loved ones are well-cared for.