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Theus Law Offices is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 5 review(s).

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Most people have many questions about estate planning but never make a move to go see an attorney. Before Theus' free seminar I did not even know their were attorneys that specialized in only estate planning. Thank goodness I attended...as I did not even know what asset protection was, even though I had assets. Most people think a written will is fine and pass away thinking that things will be as they wished/stated. Most times that is not the case. I urge you to go Theus Law Offices for consultation. They are friendly and down to earth with your wishes being #1. I cannot say enough good things about them. Now that I have gone to Theus I rest so much easier knowing that my wishes...are going to be held up...just as I wanted...no doubt about it....Thanks to the Theus family !

- Peyton Guillory

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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They are a wonderful Team!

- Jessica Cole

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Estate planning is a complicated process, but my wife and I feel it is valuable and necessary. We started by attending an Estate Planning workshop offered by the Theus Law Offices and led by Jim Theus. That was about the wisest decision we have made in some time. We engaged the services of Theus Law Offices and have benefitted enormously from the direct working relationship with Jim Theus. They did not sign us up and then pass us off to a staff member. We worked with Jim Theus personally. When it was time to work with others of the staff, we found them friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Jim Theus is exceptionally competent and patiently answers questions. His due diligence is admirable. We found their fees for estate planning reasonable and fair. You would be wise to consider using the services of Theus Law Offices if you are interested in estate planning. We are grateful for their help and recommend them to you without reservations. Our loved ones will also be the beneficiaries of a comprehensive plan, as are we. Doyle L Bailey

- Doyle Bailey

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Build Flexibility into Your Estate Plan with Powers of Appointment
There are several tools you can use to build flexibility into your estate plan. Flexibility is especially important now because of an uncertain estate planning environment. The federal gift and estate tax exemption currently is an inflation-adjusted $11.58 million (the highest it’s ever been) but it’s scheduled to drop to its pre-2018 level of $5 million (indexed ...

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Drafting your Will using Online Tools can Lead to Unwanted Outcomes
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has refocused people’s thoughts on the health and safety of their families. In addition to taking the necessary steps today to protect your loved ones, it’s equally important to consider their financial security in the future. If you don’t have a will, drafting one should be your first step in ...

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Now May be the Time to Forgive Intrafamily Loans
If you have outstanding loans to your children, grandchildren or other family members, consider forgiving those loans to take advantage of the current, record-high $11.58 million gift and estate tax exemption. Bear in mind that in 2026, the exemption amount will revert to $5 million ($10 million for married couples), indexed for inflation. Under the ...

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Are Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Enforceable by Law?
Historically, nursing homes ask, or at times, force patients and their families to sign arbitration agreements before being admitted into their care. Through signing these agreements, patients and their loved ones give up their right to sue if they think the nursing home is responsible for a patient’s injuries or death. About nursing home arbitration ...

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The Rules have Changed Regarding your IRAs, RMDs and Estate Plan
Many people’s estates typically include IRAs. Be aware that two major laws passed into law recently, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, have had a direct effect on IRAs. In a nutshell, the CARES Act waives required minimum distribution (RMD) rules ...

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What to Know Regarding an Immigration Court Venue Change?
When someone has been detained by U.S. Immigration patrols and is later released from detention, they will generally receive a Notice to Appear (“NTA”). Such document instructs the non-citizen to appear before an immigration judge on a certain date and/or location. Generally, the NTA will be issued to the immigration court that is closest to ...

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Your legacy: Charitable giving is vital during the COVID-19 crisis
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic fallout is dealing a crushing blow to charitable organizations. Indeed, during a time when food banks, disaster relief and other nonprofit services are needed most by the public, their funding is suffering due to cancelled fundraising events and other factors. If philanthropy is an important part ...

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The Future Is (Almost) Here (Electronic Notarization and Louisiana Proclamation 37)
The current pandemic has accelerated the inevitable shift beyond bricks and mortar.  We have been following this trend since 2017, which was our last post on Disruptive Innovations in Estate Planning.  The coronaviris is - to put it quite mildly - disruptive. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards recently issued Proclamation ...

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Review your Estate Plan in the Midst of a Major Life Shock
Generally, it’s recommended that you review your estate plan at year’s end. It’s a good time to check whether any life events have taken place in the past 12 months or so that affect your plan. However, with a life shock as monumental as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is a good time to review ...

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The gift tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended to July 15
You may have heard that the federal income tax filing and payment deadline has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, to provide relief for taxpayers adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What you may have missed is that the U.S. Treasury Department also extended the April 15, 2020, federal gift ...

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Relief for Small Businesses – CARES Act Update
Covid-19 relief has arrived for small businesses under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act")!  One of the many offerings for small businesses is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.  A PPP loan is designed to cover payroll expenses for an 8 week period and to discourage laying off employees. In a ...

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Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property
If you’ve invented something during your lifetime and had it patented, your estate includes intellectual property (IP). The same goes for any copyrighted works. These assets can hold substantial value, and, thus, must be addressed by your estate plan. However, bear in mind that these assets are generally treated differently than other types of property. ...

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Will your estate plan benefit from a trust protector?
You may have several different types of trusts in your estate plan. In general, to achieve the greatest tax savings, these trusts must be irrevocable, thus requiring you to give up control over the trust assets. Even though you appoint a trustee to oversee distribution of the trust’s assets, you can go a step further ...

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Estate Planning in the Age of Coronavirus is Like a Vaccine.  It Must Be Administered IN ADVANCE.
The Coronavirus is a wake up call.  It should be considered a system check. State of the Union in Louisiana As of this writing, the Governor of Louisiana has ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, casinos, and gyms, in addition to public school.  Colleges have closed their doors moving to remote / video classroom instruction.  ...

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An HSA can be a healthy supplement to your savings regimen and estate plan
Longer life expectancies and rising health care costs make saving for retirement more important than ever before. A Health Savings Account (HSA) can be a powerful tool for financing health care expenses while supplementing your other retirement savings vehicles. And it offers estate planning benefits to boot. What’s an HSA? An HSA is a tax-advantaged ...

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