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Now Open on Select Saturdays!

Monday, August 27, 2018

You asked for it! We are now open the second Saturday of each month. The first Saturday we will be open is Saturday, September 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.  If you need a Saturday appointment, please call  318-869-0055 or email ynock@patriciamiramon.comRead More...


Making a Trust the Beneficiary of Your IRA

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Many people do not know that making a trust the beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan often results in accelerated income taxation. Estates and many trusts and charities must receive the benefits within five years of the owner’s date of death if he or she died before his or her required beginning date ( April 1 of the year after the owner turns 70.5.) If he or she dies after the required beginning date, then the benefit must be paid out over the owner’s life expectancy. These rules typically mean that the beneficiary receives more money in a shorter period of time and thus pays more tax. Read More...


Effects of Technology on the Elder Population and the Future of Elder Law

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Differences in generation change the way we look at and adapt to technology. It has both positive and negative impacts on elders, their families, caregivers, and even their living environments. There are many types of technology that can be used by elders to improve independence and quality of life. However, not all elders are capable of learning new technology as they age due to changes in vision, disease, physical limitations, and mental abilities. Read More...


How do the 2018 Tax Law Changes Affect Me?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Many of the inflation adjusted numbers were changed. Those include: Read More...


What is the Louisiana Small Successions Act, and how does it affect me?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Louisiana Small Successions Act allows families to use an heirship affidavit to prove their ownership of property if they do not have title to their property. An heirship affidavit allows the passage or transfer of ownership of inherited property to the legal heirs by placing legal title with them when the decedent’s interest in the property does not exceed $125,000. This law was signed into the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure on June 12, 2017. Prior to this law, the cap was at $75,000. Further, the new law also allows families to use the affidavit process for estates of any value in which the person died more than 20 years ago.  Read More...


Have you or your spouse considered a reverse mortgage?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A reverse mortgage is actually called a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM). In the past, a spouse could borrow money on the home and not consult the other spouse. Then, if the borrower spouse died, it caused the non-borrowing spouse to risk having to refinance, sell, or lose the home. Read More...


What's Yours Is Mine, And What's Mine Is Mine?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Although we don’t practice family law we do have knowledge of what the Louisiana community property rules are and how they affect your estate planning and the distribution of an estate. Many people do not realize that community property rules apply to every asset or debt of a married couple. This means that your spouse incurs a debt, you are responsible. It also means that if you acquire something even if you put it only in your name it is still community property. Many couples, especially in second marriages, operate as if they are under a separate property regime with each spouse having his or her own checking account and finances being combined only for regular household expenses. Louisiana community property law applies to every married couple in this state regardless of how they personally handle their assets. If you set up a bank account in your own name it is still community property. If you die, your spouse owns ½ and your estate owns ½. If your spouse dies and you have an account only in your name, his estate owns ½ of your account. Read More...


How Digital Access Affects Your Estate Planning

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Blended Families and Estate Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blended families provide a challenge for many elder law attorneys. Now, over 50% of all homes consist of blended families.  Read More...


Buying A Home For A Special Needs Trust Beneficiary

Monday, May 01, 2017

Should I Buy a House for a Special Needs  Trust Beneficiary?  Read More...