Experienced Louisiana Attorneys Shapiro & Shapiro

Louisiana Probate and Estate Planning, and Family Lawyer

 

At the law firm of Shapiro & Shapiro, we offer experienced representation to clients in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. Our attorney believes in a collaborative approach to client representation with a high level of personal service to our clients. I have over 30 years of experience across a wide range of legal issues. For more information on Shapiro & Shapiro, contact us by e-mail or call 225-910-8343 to make an appointment.

Our lawyer handles myriad cases on behalf of our clients, including the following legal practice areas:

Probate, Estate Administration and Estate Planning

We help clients at every stage in their life to create or enhance their estate plan, including establishing wills, trusts, living wills, or powers of attorney. We also work with those who have lost a loved one to successfully navigate the process for probating a will and other procedures to transfer assets to heirs. We can handle estate administration and issues that may arise during the succession process.

 

Family Law

We handle uncontested family law cases, including uncontested divorce, community property settlements and partitions.

 

Contact Kristina Shapiro at Shapiro & Shapiro in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today for more information about Shapiro & Shapiro and their services  by e-mail or call 225-928-4193 to make an appointment.

 

  • Probate and Successions

    Baton Rouge Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

     

    Handling a Wide Range of Probate & Succession Matters
    for Clients Throughout Louisiana

     

    Wherever you are in life, it is never too early to create an estate plan. If you have children, are just starting a family, are nearing retirement, or trying to help a loved one get their affairs in order, seeing an attorney may be a good decision to help guide you in the estate planning process. Additionally, if you are in charge of administering an estate after the death of a loved one, it is just as important to have an experienced lawyer to help you through the succession process.

     

    We provide a number of services to our clients including:

    • Trust and estate administration
    • Probate process after the death of a loved one
    • Setting up wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills
    • Court appointments, known as interdictions, for those who can no longer care for themselves

     

    Working to meet the client's specific needs

    Many clients we work with are unaware of the steps that are necessary after the death of a loved one. One of the most important parts of the process is to determine if their loved one had a valid will in place. Once we know their loved one's wishes, we will help our clients efficiently distribute the property according to the will. Without a will we can assist in transferring properties according to the succession laws of the state.

    We work collaboratively with our clients to help them through the succession process. We know that this is a difficult time, and we want to make this as easy as possible. Our goal is to provide prompt and professional service to our clients.

     

    At Shapiro & Shapiro we work with clients in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities with their estate planning needs and probate matters. Contact us by email or call 225-928-4193 to make an appointment.

     

  • Property Issues

    Baton Rouge Community Property Issues

    Divorce Property Division Lawyer

     

    Several issues may arise regarding your assets and property during and after your marriage or divorce. Kristina Shapiro has over 30 years of experience helping Louisiana clients deal with a variety of property issues. For more information, select from the list below or contact Shapiro & Shapiro by e-mail or by calling us directly at 225-928-4193.

    • Community property vs. separate property
    • Management of community property
    • Prenuptial agreements and marriage contracts
    • Partition of community property and debts upon divorce
    • Use of property and restraining orders

     

    Community Property vs. Separate Property

    Community property is that property which was acquired by the spouses during the marriage, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions include the spouses have a separate property regime (pre-nuptial agreement etc.); the property was inherited by or donated to one of the spouses only; or one of the spouses acquired the property with his or her separate funds. Each spouse generally owns an undivided one-half interest in all community property.

    Separate property is all property that is not community property and includes property that was acquired by a spouse prior to marriage; property that is inherited or donated to that spouse; and property acquired by a spouse with his separate funds.

     

    Management of Community Property

    Each spouse has equal rights to manage the community property, and both must agree or the sale, mortgage or lease, or donation of community real estate and other items. However, in some instances it may be important for a spouse to consent or concur in the management of the property by the other spouse.

    Prenuptial Agreements and Marriage Contracts

    Parties may contract with each other to renounce, terminate or modify the community property rules.

    Income from separate property that is earned during a marriage will become community property unless the parties have entered into a separate property regime or marriage contract. However, parties may reserve the income from their separate property as their separate income.

     

    Partition of Community Property and Debts Upon Divorce

    There are several issues regarding the use and division of property that arise as a result of a divorce. The property can be divided amicably between the parties at any time by mutual agreement. This agreement must be drafted into a Community Property Settlement. If the parties cannot agree on a division, then after the divorce is final the court must divide the property so that the parties are treated equally to the extent possible.

    If there are retirement accounts, special provisions require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) be signed by the court in order to allocate a portion of these benefits to the nonemployee spouse.

    The division of Community Debts is also a potential problem. The debts may be divided equally, or based on the ability of a spouse to pay them. However, even with an unequal division of debts, the parties must receive an equal division of the net community property.

     

    Use of Property and Restraining Orders

    During the proceeding for a divorce and pending the division of the community property, it may be necessary for some of the assets to be divided so that neither spouse has the greater advantage. This can include financial accounts and use of movable property (furniture, fixtures and appliances).

    The use of the family home may be an important factor in the event of a divorce for several reasons. It is essential that proper reservation of the fair market value of the home is reserved so that the spouse who must leave the house is given some benefit pending the division of the property.

    Sometimes it may be necessary to obtain a restraining order against the other spouse to prevent the other spouse from disposing of property pending the division of the assets.

    Spousal Support

     

    Financial support may be awarded to a spouse if that spouse if free from fault in the breakup of the marriage and has a need for such support, and the other spouse has the ability to pay. Support pending a divorce is calculated differently than final support, and is based on different criteria.

     

    Contact a Baton Rouge Community Property Issues Lawyer to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our skilled Louisiana attorney at Shapiro & Shapiro, contact us by email or call 225-910-8343 today.

     

  • Estate Administration

    Baton Rouge Estate
    Administration Attorney

     

    Estate Lawyer

    Dealing with legal issues after the death of a loved one can be challenging. While individuals and families are grieving, the matter of the deceased individual's estate may arise. A knowledgeable estate administration attorney can help you understand your options and obligations, as well as walking you through the process of settling your loved one's estate.

    At the Baton Rouge law firm of Shapiro & Shapiro, our attorney dedicates her time, resources and knowledge to helping clients address a wide range of legal concerns, including estate planning and probate. Kristina Shapiro has been serving clients since 1986, and has over 30 years of experience that she uses when handling estate administration matters.

     

    Estate Administration Services

    As part of our estate administration representation, we can assist with the following:

    • Contacting interested parties and heirs
    • Addressing creditor inquiries
    • Dealing with claims against the estate
    • Representing the heirs and/or beneficiaries of a person who dies without a will (intestate)
    • Handling will contests and probate
    • Completing and filing all documents with the probate court

     

    Comprehensive Probate Representation

    The validity of an individual's will can be determined after they have passed away through a process called probate. This can sometimes be a complex process involving the courts. Our attorney is highly familiar with the probate process and can take the time to explain to you how the process may affect your specific situation.

     

    Contact a Baton Rouge Estate Administration Lawyer today. You do not have to face estate administration and probate matters alone; let us help you through the process. To further discuss your specific case and concerns with our trusted Louisiana attorney at Shapiro & Shapiro, contact us by email or call 225-928-4193 today.

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  • Probate and Successions

    Baton Rouge Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

     

    Handling a Wide Range of Probate & Succession Matters
    for Clients Throughout Louisiana

     

    Wherever you are in life, it is never too early to create an estate plan. If you have children, are just starting a family, are nearing retirement, or trying to help a loved one get their affairs in order, seeing an attorney may be a good decision to help guide you in the estate planning process. Additionally, if you are in charge of administering an estate after the death of a loved one, it is just as important to have an experienced lawyer to help you through the succession process.

     

    We provide a number of services to our clients including:

    • Trust and estate administration
    • Probate process after the death of a loved one
    • Setting up wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills
    • Court appointments, known as interdictions, for those who can no longer care for themselves

     

    Working to meet the client's specific needs

    Many clients we work with are unaware of the steps that are necessary after the death of a loved one. One of the most important parts of the process is to determine if their loved one had a valid will in place. Once we know their loved one's wishes, we will help our clients efficiently distribute the property according to the will. Without a will we can assist in transferring properties according to the succession laws of the state.

    We work collaboratively with our clients to help them through the succession process. We know that this is a difficult time, and we want to make this as easy as possible. Our goal is to provide prompt and professional service to our clients.

     

    At Shapiro & Shapiro we work with clients in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities with their estate planning needs and probate matters. Contact us by email or call 225-928-4193 to make an appointment.

     

  • Property Issues

    Baton Rouge Community Property Issues

    Divorce Property Division Lawyer

     

    Several issues may arise regarding your assets and property during and after your marriage or divorce. Kristina Shapiro has over 30 years of experience helping Louisiana clients deal with a variety of property issues. For more information, select from the list below or contact Shapiro & Shapiro by e-mail or by calling us directly at 225-928-4193.

    • Community property vs. separate property
    • Management of community property
    • Prenuptial agreements and marriage contracts
    • Partition of community property and debts upon divorce
    • Use of property and restraining orders

     

    Community Property vs. Separate Property

    Community property is that property which was acquired by the spouses during the marriage, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions include the spouses have a separate property regime (pre-nuptial agreement etc.); the property was inherited by or donated to one of the spouses only; or one of the spouses acquired the property with his or her separate funds. Each spouse generally owns an undivided one-half interest in all community property.

    Separate property is all property that is not community property and includes property that was acquired by a spouse prior to marriage; property that is inherited or donated to that spouse; and property acquired by a spouse with his separate funds.

     

    Management of Community Property

    Each spouse has equal rights to manage the community property, and both must agree or the sale, mortgage or lease, or donation of community real estate and other items. However, in some instances it may be important for a spouse to consent or concur in the management of the property by the other spouse.

    Prenuptial Agreements and Marriage Contracts

    Parties may contract with each other to renounce, terminate or modify the community property rules.

    Income from separate property that is earned during a marriage will become community property unless the parties have entered into a separate property regime or marriage contract. However, parties may reserve the income from their separate property as their separate income.

     

    Partition of Community Property and Debts Upon Divorce

    There are several issues regarding the use and division of property that arise as a result of a divorce. The property can be divided amicably between the parties at any time by mutual agreement. This agreement must be drafted into a Community Property Settlement. If the parties cannot agree on a division, then after the divorce is final the court must divide the property so that the parties are treated equally to the extent possible.

    If there are retirement accounts, special provisions require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) be signed by the court in order to allocate a portion of these benefits to the nonemployee spouse.

    The division of Community Debts is also a potential problem. The debts may be divided equally, or based on the ability of a spouse to pay them. However, even with an unequal division of debts, the parties must receive an equal division of the net community property.

     

    Use of Property and Restraining Orders

    During the proceeding for a divorce and pending the division of the community property, it may be necessary for some of the assets to be divided so that neither spouse has the greater advantage. This can include financial accounts and use of movable property (furniture, fixtures and appliances).

    The use of the family home may be an important factor in the event of a divorce for several reasons. It is essential that proper reservation of the fair market value of the home is reserved so that the spouse who must leave the house is given some benefit pending the division of the property.

    Sometimes it may be necessary to obtain a restraining order against the other spouse to prevent the other spouse from disposing of property pending the division of the assets.

    Spousal Support

     

    Financial support may be awarded to a spouse if that spouse if free from fault in the breakup of the marriage and has a need for such support, and the other spouse has the ability to pay. Support pending a divorce is calculated differently than final support, and is based on different criteria.

     

    Contact a Baton Rouge Community Property Issues Lawyer to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our skilled Louisiana attorney at Shapiro & Shapiro, contact us by email or call 225-910-8343 today.

     

  • Estate Administration

    Baton Rouge Estate
    Administration Attorney

     

    Estate Lawyer

    Dealing with legal issues after the death of a loved one can be challenging. While individuals and families are grieving, the matter of the deceased individual's estate may arise. A knowledgeable estate administration attorney can help you understand your options and obligations, as well as walking you through the process of settling your loved one's estate.

    At the Baton Rouge law firm of Shapiro & Shapiro, our attorney dedicates her time, resources and knowledge to helping clients address a wide range of legal concerns, including estate planning and probate. Kristina Shapiro has been serving clients since 1986, and has over 30 years of experience that she uses when handling estate administration matters.

     

    Estate Administration Services

    As part of our estate administration representation, we can assist with the following:

    • Contacting interested parties and heirs
    • Addressing creditor inquiries
    • Dealing with claims against the estate
    • Representing the heirs and/or beneficiaries of a person who dies without a will (intestate)
    • Handling will contests and probate
    • Completing and filing all documents with the probate court

     

    Comprehensive Probate Representation

    The validity of an individual's will can be determined after they have passed away through a process called probate. This can sometimes be a complex process involving the courts. Our attorney is highly familiar with the probate process and can take the time to explain to you how the process may affect your specific situation.

     

    Contact a Baton Rouge Estate Administration Lawyer today. You do not have to face estate administration and probate matters alone; let us help you through the process. To further discuss your specific case and concerns with our trusted Louisiana attorney at Shapiro & Shapiro, contact us by email or call 225-928-4193 today.