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Child custody woes for father of Serena and Venus Williams

For Louisiana tennis fans, few names are more recognizable than those of Serena and Venus Williams. The sisters have been a sensation in the world of tennis for many years, and serious fans know that their father, Richard Williams, is credited with helping them to reach their astounding potential. Richard Williams is currently facing what is shaping up to be a contentious child custody battle over his youngest child, who is a step-sibling to Serena and Venus.

Family law: Louisiana parents may need to work on communication

Once two people have children together, they are connected for the rest of their lives. While this notion may bring joy to some people, it may come as a more difficult idea to grasp when a once happy marriage turns into a situation warranting divorce. However, parents remain parents even if they do not remain husband and wife, and therefore, Louisiana residents may want to work toward avoiding certain custody and other family law issues.

Elder law questions do not have to halt Louisiana estate planning

Estate planning can be an intimidating process. Many Louisiana residents may easily become overwhelmed by the idea of dealing with assets, beneficiaries, long-term care plans and the other numerous life considerations that can go into elder law planning. However, parties do have options for seeking assistance and feeling less apprehensive about the prospect of creating a plan.

Divorce at an older age may bring relief, personal satisfaction

When an older person chooses to end a marriage, he or she may wonder whether the choice is the right one. For numerous individuals over the age of 50, divorce has become the answer for which they have been searching. The reasons for the decision may vary, but many older Louisiana residents may find themselves exploring their legal options.

Be sure to include digital assets in estate planning efforts

When faced with the need to prepare one's estate, many Louisiana residents feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. They realize that creating a will is a good place to start, and many are interested in learning more about trusts as a vehicle for passing down wealth without significant tax losses. When it comes to less obvious estate planning needs, however, many people simply are unaware of how to proceed.

Could retirement communities play a role in elder law planning?

Many Louisiana residents commonly contemplate where they will live out their golden years. Though some individuals may consider moving in with their adult children or simply staying at home themselves, other people may want to take certain other factors into consideration, such as the possibility for needing long-term care. As a result, choosing a retirement destination may play a role in elder law planning.

Ruling may impact future military property division cases

For Louisiana residents who have also served as members of the United States military, determining how to divide military benefits is a top priority when their marriage is reaching an end. A recent court case has clarified how retirement savings will be handled after a divorce. That ruling has led to debate in many circles, and concern over how to structure the best possible property division settlement for military members and their spouses.

Lack of support, communication may cause Louisiana divorce

Every relationship faces its own issues. The problems that couples face can have various impacts on how each individual approaches the issues and how seriously the relationship itself can be affected. Unfortunately, many married Louisiana residents may find that their marital problems are just too great to overcome, and they may find themselves considering divorce

Identifying anger triggers may help during Louisiana divorce

Everyone gets angry at some point in their lives. While many individuals may have the ability to quickly quell such feelings and keep a level head, some Louisiana residents may have a more difficult time preventing their anger from taking over. Unfortunately, parties in the latter group may have a more challenging time when going through tense situations, such as divorce proceedings.

Elder law: Louisiana residents may wish to plan ahead for care

Heath care is a common concern for many individuals across the country, including those in Louisiana. However, many parties have neglected certain areas of elder law that could help them plan for possible incapacitation and any needed long-term care. Additionally, numerous people have the mistaken idea that government benefits and insurance will pay for such care.

How to re-evaluate financial goals following a divorce

The end of a marriage marks the close of one chapter in an individual's life. That said, far too many Louisiana residents focus on divorce is an end, rather than as a new beginning. At the same time that the door will close on one chapter of life, another door opens onto a world of new possibilities. Re-evaluating financial goals throughout the divorce process can help make these possibilities even rosier, and can provide a new foundation of financial stability that will last for many years to come.

Divorce does not have to cause major financial blows in Louisiana

Throughout marriages, Louisiana residents often mix and mingle funds in order for each spouse to spend shared money as they please. However, when those sharing individuals decide to divorce, separating those funds can prove complicated. Additionally, parties may also face financial insecurity as the lives they were once used to take turns for which they may not have been prepared. 

3 types of elder abuse you need to know about

Elder abuse can take place in any nursing facility or as a result of an at-home caretaker not caring for your family member appropriately. Elder abuse is a serious concern and not something to be taken lightly. Sometimes, this kind of abuse is physical, but it can also take other forms.

Elder law: Best estate planning tools may depend on beneficiaries

Louisiana residents often have a variety of assets to address when creating an estate plan. During estate planning and related elder law proceedings, creating an inventory and ensuring that all necessary property has been attended to is important. However, individuals may also want to make sure that the individuals they choose as beneficiaries are suited for the circumstances.

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