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Requesting an Appeal for an IRS Dispute

Requesting an Appeal for an IRS Dispute

There are times when taxpayers may disagree with a decision reached by the IRS. In most situations, the matter can be settled within the system. However, when the parties cannot come to an agreement, the taxpayer may choose to file with the U.S. Tax Court to appeal the decision reache ..
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Do I Need an Official Custody Plan?

Do I Need an Official Custody Plan?

What Is a Custody Plan? A “custody plan,” or “custody agreement,” is a parenting plan endorsed by both parents. It includes a custody or visitation schedule (including a holiday schedule, if applicable) and often also includes a plan for dealing with any conflicts that could arise. Provisions of ..
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401(k) Options for Beneficiaries

The rules surrounding the distribution of a deceased’s 401(k) depend on whether the beneficiary is a surviving spouse or child. Income tax must always be paid on withdrawals and distributions from a 401(k) because a withdrawal or distribution from a 401(k) is added to your taxable income for ..
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Forced Heir? What Is That? What does it Mean?

Louisiana is the only state with forced heirship laws. What is a forced heir? A forced heir is either your child or grandchild if your child or grandchild meets certain requirements. What are the requirements for a child or grandchild to be a forced heir in Louisiana? Requirement for Your  ..
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Louisiana Last Will and Testament Form Requirements

Benjamin Franklin once said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” However, no one likes to think about his or her own mortality, except for when it is time to contemplate who to leave one’s assets to. The media and websites, like legalzoom.com, imply that any ..
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Who Inherits Your Property Without a Last Will in Louisiana?

What happens to your property if you die without a Last Will? Who will your assets go to? If you die without a Last Will and Testament, your assets will pass on to your relatives according to Louisiana’s “intestacy” law. What does that mean? “Intestacy” law is the law that governs who will  ..
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Cost of Living Trust in Lafayette, Louisiana is $1,500

WHAT IS A LIVING TRUST? A Living Trust is a type of trust that a person can establish during life into which all or most of a person’s property is transferred. It is a separate legal entity not unlike a corporation, partnership or limited liability company. By the terms of the trust, it will te ..
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Fault in Divorce

We have talked about getting a divorce in Louisiana (/blog/divorce-family-law) and the divorce procedure (/blog/divorce-procedure) but what about fault? Now, I mentioned above you don’t have to prove fault to obtain a divorce. That’s true, but there are still some fault grounds to obtain a d ..
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​Procedure For Getting a Divorce

If you have decided to get a divorce (/blog/divorce-family-law) the procedure for obtaining a divorce varies depending on whether the applicable time period has passed. The most common occurrence is to seek a divorce either before, or immediately after, you separate. To begin th ..
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Divorce & Family Law

Divorce is scary; for everyone. It’s an inherently stressful situation but it’s one you can make it through. In this blog, I’m going to talk about some of the common issues that come up and try to give you some general information. If you are considering getting a divorce, I strongly recommend y ..
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