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  • Is there a process I can go through to get this property transferred from the owner to myself?

    There is a property in my neighborhood that is seemingly abandoned. The electricity and water are still on, but the owner hasn't been present in close to five years. Due to it being an eyesore, I have taken up cleaning up the overgrowth and I am t...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You can contact the owner through the tax assessor's address. If the owner does not have a forwarding address you will have to research the owner or have someone else attempt to do so. The easiest way to have the home put in your name is to have the owner execute a quit claim deed to you. You should contact an attorney to do a title check on the property to determine what liens or mortgages are on the property. There are methods of obtaining title to property without the owners consent but these are expensive and time consuming so the best method is to contact the owner and obtain it from the owner. If there is a mortgage on the property that is not being paid you could contact the mortgage company and offer to buy it from the mortgage company but only after the mortgage company has completed a foreclosure sale on the property.

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  • What about taxes? Do we still have to file together or separate or does it matter? Can I drop his health insurance?

    My husband just left me and my kids. No explanation. But says he has no plans to come back and has started moving on. Moved his car insurance. He gave me back the health insurance cards.

    Lauren’s Answer

    You can file taxes either separate or married since you were married as of the last day of the year. There are some special rules about deductions you have to follow and you should consult your tax professional regarding these. If you are providing health insurance you should file for divorce and request the court's permission to drop the health insurance. You can file for divorce and request child support, spousal support, use of the family home and use of family vehicle.

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  • What site can I go to attain free divorce documents? Do I need a martial settlement document in order to keep my car?

    Hi, I'm in the process of trying to file for divorce, I have been searching the web for free divorce documents for the state of Louisiana, and have been unsuccessful. I recently purchased a vehicle, the vehicle I traded in to purchase the vehicle ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Some clerk of court offices have forms. Below is a link for the 9th JDC which contains forms. The vehicle is presumed to be community property so you will need to have your spouse transfer his interest in the vehicle to you to clear up the title to it. It is almost always best to obtain the help of an attorney.

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  • My divorce was not finalized

    I'm supposed to be divorced as of NOV' 15. The divorce was filed for in Louisiana. I now live in TX, so with the advice of an attorney, I was told just to let a default judgement happen by not showing up, since it was uncontested. Now, I'm ready t...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Your situation is not uncommon. But an attorney needs to know what type of divorce he filed. If he filed an Article 103 divorce, which is what it sounds like, you may have a few options. If it was a 102 divorce you have the right to file the motion for the final divorce and obtain the divorce yourself. If it was a 103 divorce one suggestion would be to offer to pay your husband's attorney to finish the matter. Since he or she will not speak to you you may need an attorney to speak to him or her. Another alternative would be to file an answer and reconventional demand requesting your own divorce. Your attorney would need to do an affidavit to file saying you have been living separate and apart for the time. Most courts will allow this affidavit by you and one by another witness to be submitted to confirm you divorce without you appearing. Contact an experienced family law attorney in the parish to help you with getting this done.

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  • What is my next step to have dpw enforce their rules and regulations ?

    I own 1 acre of land that i bought from my mother. Her old trailer resided on the property since 1974 which was placed on the servitude which we were unaware of . Her home caught on fire in June 2015. Dpw employee came out to issue new addresses ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You need to contact a real estate attorney to review the history of the property and ownership. This will reveal the nature of the servitude and what if anything is allowed. He can also contact the parish zoning authority to determine what regulations they are enforcing. Normally you can not loose property just by having a different plat prepared.

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  • What should I do

    our tramploine flew and hit a neighbors car during a horrible unexpected storm. we all looked at car and didn't see any damage. now 3 weeks later they send me a letter saying they have scratches and dents and want us to file with our homeowners be...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Contact your insurance agent. If you took pictures of the vehicle or other people saw the vehicle provide this information to your insurance agent.

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  • Will this effect my custody situation with my other babies?

    I am a divorced mom of 2 and been in and out of court for 3 years with my ex. He keeps taking me to get more custody. He moved an hour and a half away and bought a house with his new wife. I found out that I am pregnant and I am not in a relations...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Mr. Burns is correct regarding the factors needed to modify a custody judgment. Normally the fact that you are pregnant would not be considered by itself as a change in circumstances sufficient to modify custody. There may be other related factors that, taken altogether, might be considered as a change in circumstances for a court to modify your current custody judgment.

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  • My mother died intestate - my aunt had power of attorney. Totally bypassed me with life insurance policy. Is this legal?

    My mother passed away in 2010. She was in a nursing home at the time (she was 55 years old and disabled from a car wreck). I lived out of town so I know my aunt had a power of attorney in place - there was no will. After recently researching some ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    As the other attorney correctly stated, in Louisiana an insurance policy proceeds go directly to the beneficiary and never pass through the estate. Those proceeds are not counted as part of the estate. If there was any other property such as financial accounts, those would go to the heirs unless the account also had a beneficiary in which case it again goes to the beneficiary.
    With respect to the trust, you would have to be named tutor of your daughter to obtain information regarding your daughter's interest. Probably your ex wife is listed as the tutor of the child on your custody judgment but you may need to have your custody judgment reviewed by an attorney to determine what rights you have to trust information.

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  • Do I have to open a succession before I am able to legally sell the property? He does have a will.

    My father passed away in December. My father has property in Nevada and here is only my sister and myself left. He had three kids. My sister is in a convolescent home and I have power of attorney over her affairs. I am wanting to sell the prop...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Mr. Field is correct. You must either probate the will in Nevada and do a succession in that state or do a succession in Louisiana. You would then file what is known as an ancillary probate in the other state to obtain ownership of the property in that state. You should consult an attorney in each state to try to determine which state it would be least expensive to file in.

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  • Do I need to pay alimentation? Do we need prenup?

    I'm getting married and my future wife has 6 year old child with her deceased husband. Her child is receiving benefits from deceased father. We are not planing to sign prenup, so my question is, in case of divorce, do I need to pay alimentation fo...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You would not have to pay child support for the child who is not legally or biologically your child. If you adopt the child you would acquire the obligation to support the child. You could be required to pay your wife spousal support (alimony) in the event of a divorce. You could sign a prenuptial agreement to waive permanent spousal support but not temporary spousal support.

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