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Wills, Estate Planning, & Succession

Respected Shreveport, Louisiana, Estate Planning Lawyer

At The Law Office of G. Warren Thornell, A.P.L.C., we assist clients in preparing wills and estate planning in order to mitigate the consequences of federal estate taxes and Louisiana inheritance taxes, and to transmit maximum value to their heirs. Our law firm also represents executors and estate administrators in succession proceedings (a process known as probate in other states). From our offices in Shreveport, we represent clients throughout northern Louisiana, including the communities of Bossier, Mansfield, Homer, Benton, and Minden; and Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Webster, and Claiborne Parishes.

Estate planning means more than planning for the distribution of your property to your heirs upon your death. You can also protect your assets while you are living. Attorney G. Warren Thornell creates a complete set of estate-planning documents to meet your needs and the needs of your family. Those documents may include:

  • A durable financial power of attorney. If you are unconscious or in a coma as the result of an accident, the person you name as your agent under a durable power of attorney can administer your property while you are incapacitated. Usually, husbands and wives name each other as their agent.
  • Medical power of attorney. If you are unconscious in a hospital or in a coma, a medical power of attorney allows your agent to make medical decisions about you.
  • Living will. If you have a terminal health condition, your living will lets family members and hospital staff know whether or not you want artificial life support such as feeding tubes. This document also names a person as your agent to make end-of-life decisions in accordance with your wishes if you are unable to communicate for yourself.
  • A last will and testament. This document determines how you want your property distributed after your death. It also allows you to name a guardian (known as a tutor or tutrix in Louisiana) for minor children.
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts. You may not want assets to flow straight to your heirs upon your death. Instead, you can create a trust for the benefit of your heirs. There are different kinds of trusts that are used for different tax and other purposes. An inter-vivos trust (also called a living trust) is revocable by you during your lifetime and has different tax consequences than an irrevocable trust. An irrevocable trust or life insurance trust is often used to minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes and Louisiana inheritance taxes.

If you have a legal question or concern about an estate planning or succession matter, we invite you to contact attorney G. Warren Thornell today.

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The Law Office of G. Warren Thornell, A.P.L.C.

5925 Line Avenue, Suite 5, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
Phone: (318) 869-2900
Fax: (318) 869-2999

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