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Five-Star Review! “Highly recommend Mr. Maro Petkovich. I worked with him for a little over a year he was very knowledgeable and great communication skills very respectful and closed my case in a timely manner.” Louisiana Litigation Attorneys: We are a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980.  Our litigation attorneys are highly experienced at handling a wide array of disputes and claims.  We take pride in offering a personal and trusted experience.  Call us today for a free consultation and find out why so many of our clients come back to us. Call us

Five-Star Review! “Rebecca McDonald’s expertise in handling our case was nothing short of stellar. Throughout this process, Ms McDonald has exhibited a high level of professionalism. Her tenacity and skill is appreciated. Thanks to this Ms McDonald, our family can smile again. May God bless you for your work. Continued success to you.” Louisiana Family Law Attorneys: We are a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980.  Our family law attorneys are highly experienced at handling divorces, custody, child support, alimony, property divisions, pre-nups, paternity, adoptions, protective orders, tutorship, interdictions, and more.  We take pride in offering a personal and trusted experience.  Call us today for a free

The Importance of Domiciliary Parent Status: Louisiana provides joint custody of children between the mother and father in most situations. Joint custody is presumed by the courts to be in the best interest of the children and is awarded regularly. Sole custody can be awarded but is much less common than joint custody in Louisiana unless there is an extenuating circumstance leading to the need for sole custody.   While joint custody may be favored by the Louisiana court system, it does not mean, however, that both parents will exercise equal physical time with the children. In the majority of cases,

Five-Star Review! “We were very impressed with Mr. Petkovich and his team and would highly recommend them. Rebecca was very helpful. Thank you guys.” Louisiana Succession Attorneys: We are a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980.  Our succession lawyers are highly experienced at handling the probate process.  We take pride in offering a personal and trusted experience.  Call us today for a free consultation and find out why so many of our clients come back to us. Call us today for a free telephone consultation with an attorney. 504-368-2700

Successions When a Legatee or Heir Dies: Successions are either intestate or testate.  Intestate successions occur when there is no will, the will is invalid, or the will does not dispose of all the decedent’s property.  Testate successions occur when there is a valid notarial or olographic will.  An heir is a person who inherits property in an intestate succession.  A legatee is a person who is bequeathed property in a testate succession. In Louisiana there are three ways to inherit: (1) in his or her own right, (2) via representation, or (3) via transmission.  An heir inherits in his or her

Five-Star Review! “Great lawyer my family member just hired Mr Palmer and I can truly say great things have been said and very fast really amazed keep up the great work.” Louisiana Family Law Attorneys: We are a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980.  Our family law attorneys are highly experienced at handling divorces, custody, child support, alimony, property divisions, pre-nups, paternity, adoptions, protective orders, tutorship, interdictions, and more.  We take pride in offering a personal and trusted experience.  Call us today for a free consultation and find out why so many of our clients come back to us. Call us today for a free telephone consultation

Contesting Intra-Family Adoption: There are many steps and tests required by law in contested adoption proceedings.  These can mainly be found in the Louisiana Children’s Code, with which our firm is very familiar.  The Louisiana Children’s Code was drafted to combine all the laws affecting juvenile court jurisdiction, resolve ambiguities, reconcile conflicting laws, ensure that statutory law accurately reflects settled case law and provide a single code containing procedural and substantive laws affecting juveniles. Some interesting concepts are articulated in these cases and may be useful in your case too: When a stepparent or parent with custody fails to cooperate with

Inheriting Mortgaged Property: In most instances, the estate debts must be fully paid during the succession proceedings.  However, some debts such as mortgages are not easily paid in full.  Clients often ask if they have to refinance when they inherit property with a mortgage.  Heirs generally have a few options when inheriting mortgaged property.  The property can be sold and the sale proceeds can pay off the mortgage.  Other assets in the succession can be used to pay off the mortgage.  The succession can be renounced, in which case the property will likely be foreclosed on if there are no

Reconciliation After Divorce: Per La. Civ. Code art. 104, “[t]he cause of action for divorce is extinguished by the reconciliation of the parties.” The concept of “reconciliation” can be thorny and confusing for a spouse who has filed for divorce.  If you are in doubt as to what to do, where to reside, or how to interact with your spouse during the pendency of your divorce, it would be wise to retain counsel and discuss this issue with your attorney.  Our family law attorneys are able to clearly and thoroughly advise you of the “dos and don’ts” of dealing with

Forced Heirship and Collation: Forced heirship is unique to Louisiana and can dramatically impact your estate plan.  Likewise, collation can have a profound impact on the forced portion and on your succession proceedings.  Forced heirship is designed to prevent a person from disinheriting certain children or grandchildren.  It was born under the presumption that parents desire to treat their children equally. What is Forced Heirship? Per La. Civ. Code art. 1494, a forced heir must receive a portion of their parent’s estate.  This is so regardless of a will or trust to the contrary.  For example, if a will leaves