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Mary Ellen Winchell Lawyer

Mary Ellen Winchell

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute

For more than 28 years, MARY E. WINCHELL has been representing individuals throughout the Shreveport area and surrounding communities. Mary's practic... (more)

Mark Daniel Frederick Lawyer

Mark Daniel Frederick

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Accident & Injury, Estate
General Legal Services in Northwest Louisiana.

Mark D. Frederick has over 20 years of legal experience, enabling him to handle the demands of your case regardless of the complexities involved. As y... (more)

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Thomas A. Bordelon

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Accident & Injury, Business, Criminal

THOMAS A. BORDELON was born in San Antonio, Texas on December 6, 1959. Mr. Bordelon graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University at Shreveport... (more)

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Kelli Rene Cook Lawyer

Kelli Rene Cook

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Foreclosure, Income Tax, Estate, Accident & Injury

Kelli Cook is a practicing lawyer in the state of Louisiana specializing in Bankruptcy. Ms. Cook received her J.D. from the Louisiana State University... (more)

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Walter F. Johnson

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Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Business, Estate, Oil & Gas

Walter F. Johnson, III is a practicing lawyer in the state of Louisiana. Attorney Johnson received his J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1975. ... (more)

Wm. Timothy Allen

Corporate, Business Organization, Energy, Estate Planning
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W. Lake Hearne

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Constitutional Law, Contract
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Drew Smith

Estate Planning, Oil & Gas
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W. Michael Adams

Corporate, Employment, Estate Planning, Family Law
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G. Warren Thornell

Accident & Injury, Estate, Real Estate
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GROSS ESTATE

For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of prob... (more...)
For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of probate. Taxes are due only on the value of the property the person actually owned (the net estate) plus the amount of any taxable gifts made during life. In a few states, the gross estate is used when computing attorney fees for probating estates; the lawyer gets a percentage of the gross estate.

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

SPRINKLING TRUST

A trust that gives the person managing it (the trustee) the discretion to disburse its funds among the beneficiaries in any way he or she sees fit.

DOWER AND CURTESY

A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') ... (more...)
A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') refers to the portion to which a surviving wife is entitled, while curtesy refers to what a man may claim. Until recently, these amounts differed in a number of states. However, because discrimination on the basis of sex is now illegal in most cases, most states have abolished dower and curtesy and generally provide the same benefits regardless of sex -- and this amount is often known simply as the statutory share. Under certain circumstances, a living spouse may not be able to sell or convey property that is subject to the other spouse's dower and curtesy or statutory share rights.

DISCHARGE (OF PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR)

A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties hav... (more...)
A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties have been completed but may happen sooner if the executor or administrator wishes to withdraw or is dismissed.

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

TRUSTEE POWERS

The provisions in a trust document defining what the trustee may and may not do.

INTESTATE SUCCESSION

The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest s... (more...)
The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest surviving relatives. In most states, the surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and next of kin inherit, in that order.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Estate of Francis v. City of Rayne

In re Rayne City of et al.; Boulet, Daniel; Foreman, Mario; — Defendant(s); Applying for Writ of Certiorari and/or Review, Parish of Acadia, 15th Judicial District Court Div. D, No. 81532-D; to the Court of Appeal, Third Circuit, No. 07-359.

Samaha v. Rau

... Wright v. Louisiana Power & Light, 2006-1181 p. 17 (La.3/9/07), 951 So.2d 1058, 1070; King v. Parish National Bank, 2004-0337 p. 7 (La.10/19/04), 885 So.2d 540, 545; Jones v. Estate of Santiago, 2003-1424 p. 5 (La.4/14/04), 870 So.2d 1002, 1006. ...

Lozier v. Estate of Elmer

On October 26, 2001, plaintiff filed a "Petition to Recover Damages for Breach of Contract Against the Estate of William Jay Elmer and to Recover Payment of Wages Owed by the Estate of William Jay Elmer." In her petition, plaintiff asserts that William Elmer was her employer from ...

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