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New smoke alarms required

Fire truckA new law effective last year requires 10-year smoke alarms in all single and duplex dwellings. The new requirement mandates that all smoke alarms in new dwellings and in existing dwellings that are for sale be equipped with lithium batteries designed to last ten or more years.The law applies to single family dwellings and to duplex apartments.

Realtors must documenxxxt the requirement and make sure the new alarms are present prior to sale, which is kind of a new twist on the ongoing list of things realtors are now responsible for doing prior to a sale.

According to Butch Browning, the State Fire Marshal:
“Some of the fires we did investigate in the last 3 years had the old smoke detectors but the batteries were dead and hadn’t been replaced.”

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Legal Documents: be careful

Mr “E” filed for a divorce. While the divorce was pending, he entered into a property settlement with Mrs. “E” and went to Mrs. E’s lawyer’s office to sign a donation of his interest in their home to his wife. In essence, he signed an authentic act (notary and two witnesses) making his wife the […]

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Joint Wills are Null in Louisiana

I think most lawyers in Louisiana run into this problem: husband and wife want to do a “joint” will leaving everything to each other. When they are told they cannot do a joint will, they become suspicious that perhaps the lawyer is just trying to inflate the price by charging for two wills instead of […]

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Divorce trumped by beneficiary form

It happens all the time: someone gets divorced but does not think to change the beneficiary of their life insurance and other benefits. Louisiana has some specific laws governing what happens when someone divorces but still has the ex listed as their beneficiary on their insurance forms. Did they just forget to take the ex […]

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National Estate Planning Week

October 15-21 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. And, of course, there are numerous articles on the subject that have just come out. Some are good, some so-so, and some totally miss the mark. That is especially the case for residents of Louisiana where our laws deviate from the other 49 states in significant ways. […]

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Bloated Law Books

The Louisiana statutes suffer from Extreme Bloat. The Code Napoleon was intended to contain all the laws in one volume so that the citizens of Louisiana could know what is expected of them. From our state, to Washington and all the regulatory agencies, it is now possible to run afoul of the law almost daily […]

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The Legal Perils of Posting Reviews

Are you opening a can of worms by posting an unfavorable review? We are all tempted to “get back” at companies or people we feel treated us unfairly. The trouble is, it has become all too easy to post on sites like Angie’s List or Yelp without thinking through the possible legal ramifications. The fact […]

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Estate planning: include your kids

We see it all the time: parents need to talk about their mortality with their adult kids, but never find the right opportunity. A new study from Fidelity Investments confirms what we have always known: there is a huge disconnect between what adult kids believe and what their parents believe. Adult children and their parents recognize […]

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Constitutional Amendments

Citizens of Louisiana will face an array of confusing amendments to the state Constitution on Tuesday. There are nine proposed amendments, some of which don’t make much sense while at least one does the opposite of what it seems. The best summary I have seen of the amendments and what the results of voting for […]

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Legislature deems pro wrestling a sham?

Fact-checking funny and dumb laws I was looking at some of the dumb state laws from around the country at this site. I always wonder whether what they have is made up, or maybe are laws that  actually once existed but were repealed years ago. You know, laws like “It is illegal to tie your horse […]

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