Baton Rouge Will Attorneys

An Important Estate Planning Tool

Have you started thinking about how you want your estate managed after your death? It is never too late to begin estate planning. A will is a way to legally establish your wishes for your estate. Furthermore, wills are indispensable when it comes to protecting your assets from the probate process.

At Losavio & DeJean, LLC, The Louisiana Elder Law Firm, our Baton Rouge wills lawyers have four decades of experience handling all aspects of estate planning. We can help you draft a will that is comprehensive and legally binding. When you need specialized guidance from an experienced estate planning law firm, choose Losavio & DeJean, LLC.

Why Establish a Will?

Your will directs the distribution of your assets and property after your death. In your will, you will also name an executor, the person who will carry out your wishes. You can make the executor independent, which means he or she can act without court supervision and reduce the probate cost.

What happens if You Don’t Establish a Will?

Without a will, your estate will enter probate and the courts will decide how your assets are distributed. A court’s asset distribution orders are based on state guidelines. Though courts generally distribute property to surviving family members, certain assets will go to the state in some situations.

Working with a skilled estate planning attorney can help you protect your estate for future generations. Having a will can put your mind at ease.

Together, we can discuss your wishes and the current condition of your estate, including issues such as:

  • The financial health of your estate
  • Any existing debts
  • Your assets and property
  • Your descendants and other family members
  • Your personal preferences for the distribution of your estate

We Are and Elder Law Firm for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and Their Families

Since 1976, Losavio & DeJean, LLC, has offered compassionate and empathetic legal representation. With specialized knowledge in estate planning, our attorneys in Baton Rouge can provide you with the honest, trustworthy counsel you are seeking. We know that end-of-life planning can be emotionally draining and difficult to discuss.

However, we also know how much more difficult the process can be when there is no will in place. We work hard to bring clients the peace of mind that comes from knowing their estate and their families will be taken care of.

Trust Attorneys in Baton Rouge

We Can Help You Establish & Fund a Trust

Establishing a trust is an effective way to pass wealth and assets onto future generations. Trusts – both simple and complex – are an excellent way to protect your assets and ensure they are delivered to the proper beneficiaries should you become incapacitated or pass away. Without a trust, your estate is vulnerable to the time-consuming and costly probate process. At Losavio & DeJean, LLC, The Louisiana Elder Law Firm, our Baton Rouge trust lawyers can help you establish and fund the trust that is right for you.

To learn more about trusts, call our full-service estate planning law firm at
(800) 835-5864.

Types of Trusts

There are two main categories of trusts: simple and complex. Simple trusts are required to distribute all earned income but cannot distribute its principal. Meanwhile, a complex trust can both accumulate income and distribute funds from its principal. Many people opt for complex trusts because they are often more flexible to your specific needs. A knowledgeable and skilled estate planning lawyer at Losavio & DeJean, LLC, can help you determine which specific trust is right for your situation.

Different types of trusts include:

  • Revocable living trust
  • Irrevocable trust
  • Special needs trust
  • Supplemental care trust
  • Medicaid protection trust
  • Asset protection trust
  • Life insurance trust

The needs of your estate and your family will help determine what type of trust you establish. Your estate planning attorney will also discuss your wishes with you and help you identify the people you want to administer and manage your estate. For example, if your primary goal is to avoid probate, your lawyer may suggest a living trust or an irrevocable trust. On the other hand, if you want your assets to go to your children, but you want to protect them from poor decision-making, your attorney may recommend a spendthrift trust where you control the beneficiary’s access to the assets.

Start Estate Planning Today

It is never too late to start thinking about the future. While discussing your end-of-life plans can be difficult, working with a skilled estate planning attorney with specialized knowledge in trusts can help.

At Losavio & DeJean, LLC, our trust lawyers in Baton Rouge are driven to provide clients with compassionate, empathetic, and honest legal counsel. In addition to trusts, we can help you with all aspects of estate planning. When you work with our estate planning team, you can be sure your needs will be put first. We are well-respected in Baton Rouge and often receive referrals from healthcare workers and other attorneys. We even have a registered nurse and case manager on staff.