Month: May 2019

$500 Uncontested Divorce in Louisiana

low cost divorce in Louisiana

For a limited time only: we are offering $500 uncontested divorces in Louisiana. This price doesn't include filing fees, court fees and is only for uncontested divorces. Property partitions, child custody and other family law matters will have to be contracted with attorney.

Why are we offering such low prices on Louisiana divorces?

I have sat down with numerous clients to help them with their divorces and many are unable to afford the high cost of legal fees. It's important to get an attorney to help you with your divorce matters to make sure it’s done correctly, but how can you do that when you can’t afford their legal fees. Many people have stated that they could hire an attorney if they didn’t charge so much to file a divorce in Louisiana.

I have children and I understand how tight money can get sometimes. It’s summer time and you want to take the kids to the beach, the park or vacations to visit family that live out of the state. It’s hard to do that when you are put into a position where you now have to spend a small fortune on legal fees.

This is our way of giving back to the community over the summer. We know kids are home from school and you probably have your hands full. If you don't have children, maybe you want to get out of the situation you're in and start a family. Either way, we can help.

If you are in a tough financial situation, but also need to file for divorce, we can help you get back on track.

How do I set up an appointment to talk about my divorce?

It’s easy. Just give us a call at (318) 229-1608 or email Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com. We are by appointment only and you will need to call to choose your time first. We service parishes all over Louisiana. Our main office is located in Alexandria, Louisiana. We can correspond through phone and email to get the relevant information needed to file your divorce and send you the paperwork to look over and finalize.

What can I expect from my appointment with a divorce attorney?

  1. We speak with you and hear your story either in person or by phone
  2. We gather relevant information regarding your separation from your spouse
  3. Our firm will prepare your “Petition for Divorce” to be filed with the court
  4. You will read over the facts contained in the document and execute a verification that everything is true to the best of your knowledge
  5. We then file your divorce in the proper parish

What happens after my divorce is filed?

It depends on the type of divorce you are filing. If you have already met Louisiana’s separation requirement for divorce, then we will submit a Judgment of Divorce for you and wait for the judge assigned to your case to sign and mail back a copy for your records.

If you have not met the separation requirement, then we will wait the appropriate time period and once that has elapsed, we will file the Judgment of Divorce for you.

How long do I have to wait to get my divorce finalized in Louisiana?

  1. 365 days if there were children born of the marriage.
  2. 180 days if there were no children born of the marriage.

Do I need to wait the time period for separation before I file for divorce?

No, we can prepare and file the petition for you and then wait for the time period to elapse.

For example: Sue wants to file for divorce from Bob. They have three children together and will need to live separate and apart for 365 days before their Divorce will be final. However, Sue wants to file for divorce now and get the ball rolling. She can file her Petition for Divorce now and wait the 365 days while living separate and apart from Bob. We record the date of separation on our calendar and file the Judgment with the courts once that date is reached.

How much are filing fees for divorces in Louisiana?

The cost of filing fees varies from parish to parish. You should expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $400. This includes service. The Clerk of Court in your parish will issue a refund in the event you do not have to serve the other party. If the other party is agreeable to accept service instead of having you serve them with the divorce petition, then the filing fees will be less. In the event he/she is willing to accept service, our firm will prepare the appropriate affidavits for them to sign and file.

What if I can’t afford the filing fees?

If your income is low and your debt is high and you can’t come up with the filing fees up front, there is still a way that you can file your divorce. The courts will sometimes allow an individual without means to file a divorce and pay back the filing fees at a later date. Basically, you will be able to file your divorce without paying the filing fees in advance. We’ve helped numerous clients fill out the required forms to ask the judge if they can do this.

If you need help with a divorce in Louisiana and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, call Jerome at (318) 229-1608 to discuss your situation.

What to do if you live in one parish, but your parent(s) died in another parish in Louisiana and you need to file their succession.

Question: “My parents died in another parish, can I just file it where I live?”

This is a common concern among heirs that are now faced with filing a Louisiana Succession. Many children move away from their parents and with as busy as life can be, they find it difficult to make time to work on their parent’s succession.

Often, people are named executor of the estate in someone’s will that they haven’t spoken to in quite some time and live far away. This can be difficult if you are trying to handle the estate and file the succession yourself. You may find yourself driving from parish to parish trying to gather all of the required information, only to discover you forgot something and need to amend your original petition. We help people all over the state with their succession matters and can alleviate the stress for you.

Where do you file a Louisiana Succession?

Louisiana law dictates where a succession must be filed. Louisiana is broken up into parishes and there is a strict set of laws that determine in what parish you must file a succession. You will want to file it in the correct parish the first time. Filing fees for succession vary from parish to parish, but you could end up losing a few hundred dollars for the mistake.

You must open the succession in the parish where the deceased was domiciled at the time of his/her death. You will have to do this in the District Court, not city court.

However, if the deceased did not live in the State of Louisiana when he/she died, but owned property in Louisiana, then the succession may be opened in any parish where they owned immovable property or if no immovable property was owned, then wherever movable property is situated.

For example: You live in Beauregard Parish, but your parents were domiciled (lived) in Rapides Parish. While it would be more convenient for you to file in your parish, you must file in the parish where they lived. In this case, you would be required to file your parent’s succession in Rapides Parish.

I need to file a succession in another parish, do I hire an attorney where I live or in the parish where I need to file?

Most succession law firms only handle matters in the parish where their office located. However, the Andries Law Firm, LLC handles successions in every parish in the State of Louisiana. We are able to do this efficiently and fast without the need for you to physically come to our office. We are able to handle the majority of matters by phone and email and have a competitive pricing schedule. We’ve handled successions all over the state and for clients who live out of the state as well.

If you need help filing a Louisiana Succession and don’t know who to turn to, give us a call at (318) 229-1608 or email Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com with any questions you may have regarding successions or estate planning.

“We help clients with succession and estate matters all over the State of Louisiana.”

Similar Louisiana Succession Law Articles: Do I need to Hire a Probate Attorney?How to Find out What Accounts a Deceased Individual HadHow Long Do I Have to File a Succession in Louisiana?What Happens When a Spouse Dies Without a Will?Louisiana Usufruct Law

Offices located in Alexandria, Louisiana, but we handle matters all over the state and are more than happy to help out of state clients file successions in Louisiana.

Louisiana Succession Attorney

R. Jerome Andries
Louisiana Succession (Probate) Attorney
(318) 229-1608
Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com

Should I Wait to Receive a Death Certificate Before Consulting with a Succession Attorney?

We get calls and emails regarding this question fairly regularly, so I figured I would speak about it today. You don’t have to wait for the death certificates to arrive before scheduling a consultation with the Andries Law Firm, LLC, to discuss filing a Louisiana succession (probate).

Death certificates take weeks and sometimes months to be mailed in. This is precious time lost that could have been utilized to get the ball rolling gathering the required information that your attorney will need to process the succession.

Louisiana successions take time to prepare; it’s not something you will walk in one day and have filed the next. It takes time depending on the complexity of the situation and numerous forms must be prepared and notarized, assets and debts located, among other things.

Many people wait months for the death certificate to arrive in the mail before calling our Louisiana succession law firm. Then when they schedule their initial consultation, either by phone or in person, we begin working on the petitions required to file the succession when we could have been working on it the whole time and possibly had all paperwork completed for you by the time the death certificate finally comes in. Speaking with a succession (probate) attorney such as myself while you wait on death certificates will save you time and headache.

What do I need to get started on the Louisiana Succession process?

There are a few things you will need to either bring to our office, fax or email before we can begin.

  1. We will need the original Last Will & Testament, if one exists;
  2. List of debts and assets to be added to the Detailed Descriptive List (this can be added later)
  3. Two people who knew the deceased and will be able to sign an Affidavit of Death, Domicile and Heirship in front of a Notary Public either at our office or an office in their location.

That’s really all our office would need to get started compiling the information required to get the succession started. As far as the list of assets and debts; this can be added later as it will likely take a good deal of time to locate all assets. You may have to wait for mail to come in to discover where the assets are held or financial statements. We can file the beginning part of the succession while you work on compiling the list of things and property the deceased owned.

The original death certificate will eventually need to be ordered and mailed to you, but you can at least begin the process while you wait. One of the biggest complains coming from clients is the amount of time it takes for a Louisiana Succession to be completed. This is just a part of the probate process, but you can speed up the wait time by speaking with us early in the process.

Why Do I Need a Death Certificate to File a Louisiana Succession?

The Judge will need proof that the person died. He/she will also need to know their marriage information, the parish where they died, children, etc. We are required to submit two (2) Affidavits of Death, Domicile and Heirship that attests to these facts as well. A death certificate is needed for Life Insurance proceeds if you are listed as a beneficiary.

You will need the death certificate if you are the executor or administrator and plan to open an estate account at the bank. Also, once the judge signs the final Judgment of Possession, you will need a death certificate to bring to the financial institution where funds are held in order for them to release the money to the heirs listed in the Judgment of Possession.

If you need help filing a Louisiana succession, feel free to give us a call and we will set up a free consultation to discuss your needs. You don’t have to have any type of paperwork on hand to begin the process. We can be reached at (318) 229-1608 or email Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com

“We help clients with succession and estate matters all over the State of Louisiana.”

Similar Louisiana Succession Law Articles: Do I need to Hire a Probate Attorney?How to Find out What Accounts a Deceased Individual HadHow Long Do I Have to File a Succession in Louisiana?What Happens When a Spouse Dies Without a Will?Louisiana Usufruct Law, Where Do I File a Succession?

Offices located in Alexandria, Louisiana, but we handle matters all over the state and are more than happy to help out of state clients file successions in Louisiana.

Louisiana Succession Attorney

R. Jerome Andries
Louisiana Succession (Probate) Attorney
(318) 229-1608
Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com

How Do I File a Louisiana Succession If I Don’t Live in the State?

We get clients every week that need to file a Louisiana Succession and either live in another city or even a few states away from their deceased parents or parent. If you have found yourself in this position, The Andries Law Firm, LLC can help.

One of the most asked questions we get from out of state clients is, “Can I hire an attorney from my state to file a Louisiana Succession?” Unfortunately, the answer is no, unless your local attorney is also licensed in Louisiana. An attorney must be licensed in the state in which he/she will be filing the petition. We get calls from people needing help filing a succession here from Texas, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Florida, just to name a few. Basically, no matter what state you are from, we can help you file a Louisiana Succession.

How do I know if I need to file a succession in Louisiana?

A succession proceeding shall be brought in the district court of the parish where the deceased was domiciled (habitual residence) at the time of his/her death. So, if they lived here, then there is a good chance the succession will need to be filed in this state.

If the deceased was not domiciled (habitual residence) in the State of Louisiana when he/she died, the succession may be opened in the district court of any parish where: (1) immovable property of the deceased is situated; or, (2) movable property of the deceased is situated, if he/she owned no immovable property in the state at the time of death.

Basically, if your family member lived and/or owned property in Louisiana, there is a good chance it needs to be filed in Louisiana or at least an ancillary succession. Therefore, you would need a Louisiana attorney to help you with the proceedings.

We handle successions all over the State of Louisiana and can help you with your family’s probate, even if you don’t live in Louisiana. If you live a few cities away, we can still help you because we file in every Parish. Here’s how we do it:

  1. We schedule an initial phone consultation to discuss your needs and collect information regarding your deceased family member, such as property, marriages, children, etc.;
  2. We create the documents needed to get the succession ready to file;
  3. Our firm will mail the documents to you to review;
  4. You will then take them to a Notary Public in your location and sign;
  5. You mail the originals back to us;
  6. We file the succession and keep you informed as to the status;
  7. The Judge signs paperwork and your succession will be complete.

Filing a succession in Louisiana is not something you would want to do without at least speaking to an attorney who specializes in them and is licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Even if you live in close proximity to Louisiana, such as: Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama or Georgia; you will still need to speak with a Louisiana succession attorney as the laws here are different than any other state in the U.S.

If you need help filing a Louisiana succession, feel free to give us a call and we will set up a free consultation to discuss your needs. You don’t have to have any type of paperwork on hand to begin the process. We can be reached at (318) 229-1608 or email Jerome@AndriesLawFirm.com

“We help clients with succession and estate matters all over the State of Louisiana.”

Similar Louisiana Succession Law Articles: Do I need to Hire a Probate Attorney?How to Find out What Accounts a Deceased Individual HadHow Long Do I Have to File a Succession in Louisiana?What Happens When a Spouse Dies Without a Will?Louisiana Usufruct Law

Offices located in Alexandria, Louisiana, but we handle matters all over the state and are more than happy to help out of state clients file successions in Louisiana.

Louisiana Succession Attorney

R. Jerome Andries
Louisiana Succession Attorney
(318) 229-1608

7 Ways to Make the Louisiana Succession Process Go Smoother and Faster

A succession gives heirs the legal right to possess property in Louisiana and is required to pass on certain types of property. Succession are needed whether there was a will (testate) or no will (intestate).  They can take anywhere from a matter of weeks to a year to complete depending on the complexity and whether a party is fighting the succession.

Successions in Louisiana can be complicated. We have laws that can be difficult to understand and legal processes that seem to take forever. This article is intended to give instruction on how to prepare to hire an attorney for a succession.

Gather Documents

The court will require you to compile a sizeable list of information before you can file a succession. It is a good idea to place these documents in a binder or box for when they are needed. Many of our clients have no idea what type of property their parents had or where to even begin looking. This is why it is important to place documents that you locate such as vehicle titles, insurance paperwork, life insurance, real estate records, bank documents and the Last Will & Testament in a safe place so that you can bring them to your lawyer who is preparing the succession.

Order Death Certificates

You may want to appoint someone in your family to help you take care of appropriate paperwork when you have just recently lost a loved one. Our firm must have original death certificates to submit to the court and you may also need one to collect on life insurance policies where you are the beneficiary. While you may not be ready to deal with this type of paperwork early on, keep in mind it could take a matter of weeks for you to receive them in the mail.

Locate the Original Will

Testate successions occurs when a person dies and leaves a will. Intestate successions are when the deceased did not leave a will. Heirs should do a search as soon as possible to find out whether the deceased left a will. They are usually found in safes, bank safe deposit boxes or even in a shoebox under the bed. Many times clients have no idea whether or not there was a will. Often, we will get far enough into the succession that it is time to file and a will appears and changes must be made to the petition. The courts usually require an original will to process a Louisiana succession, so if you locate it, put it in a safe place. It helps to have this information available before beginning the Louisiana succession process.

Compile a List of Owned Property and Values

The courts require what is known as a “Detailed Descriptive List” or DDL to be filed with the succession. This list will tell the judge all of the movable and immovable property the deceased owned in Louisiana. The property will need to be valued. Vehicles such as trucks, cars and Recreational Vehicles will need to have a VIN # as well. It helps to have the titles to the vehicles on hand or a spreadsheet. We will also need to know all of the real estate property owned by your family member. They may have had multiple properties in multiple parishes and we will need to know where they are located and be able to get a property description.

Determine who is to be the Administrator of the Succession Ahead of Time

If there was a Will, the executor will be named in that document. However, if there wasn’t a valid Louisiana Last Will & Testament, an administrator must be named by the court. In most cases, there is one family member that is chosen by the others. Usually, everyone agrees on the individual that is to carry out the task of wrapping up the estate and making sure everything goes according to plan. However, there have been instances where fighting and bickering occurs when discussing who is to be named the administrator. Choosing this person ahead of time will save a lot of trouble in the long run.

Write Down Information on Deceased

In order to complete the succession, our firm will need to know some basic information on the deceased such as: marriages/divorces, correct legal spelling of name, etc. You will have to bring in two (2) people to attest to this information.

Get Two (2) People Who Knew Deceased to Sign Affidavits

Louisiana successions require two (2) people to sign an affidavit known as the “Death, Domicile and Heirship.” This document tells the court when the family member died, where he/she lived, whether they died testate or intestate, children, marriages, etc. It helps to know in advance who will be able to come by our office to sign these documents. If you live out of state and are doing a succession on a family member who lived in Louisiana; we can create the documents for you and allow you to sign them in front of a Notary Public in your area.

This covers the majority of the information we will need to begin the succession. I encourage you to not put off the process and begin gathering information as soon as you are able. Problems can arise when successions remain uncompleted.

This Louisiana succession article was written for informational purposes only. Do not use this article to make important legal decisions. Instead, contact our offices with any questions you may have about your specific legal situation. Nothing in this website itself constitutes an attorney/client relationship.

 

“We help clients with succession and estate matters all over the State of Louisiana.”

Please give Attorney R. Jerome Andries a call at (318) 229 1608 to discuss any questions you may have regarding Louisiana Successions.

Similar Louisiana Succession Law Articles: Do I need to Hire a Probate Attorney?How to Find out What Accounts a Deceased Individual HadHow Long Do I Have to File a Succession in Louisiana?What Happens When a Spouse Dies Without a Will?Louisiana Usufruct Law

Offices located in Alexandria, Louisiana, but we handle matters all over the state and are more than happy to help out of state clients file successions in Louisiana.

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