Probate Attorney in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama
Fortenberry Legal3443 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONFortenberry Legal helps clients from all over the United States with Probate problems in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. We can also assist clients with avoiding probate by helping them with estate planning.
Our three core values are:
1. Open communication. Our office works hard at being available and communicating with our clients to give them a sense of control. We want them to understand their case without the fear of breaking the bank.
2. Up-Front Pricing. We pride ourselves on providing a legitimate service to our clients. That includes giving a value pricing model after our consultation. Basically, we prefer to put a price on the value of our services, not the time spent on them. That way you get the most out of our invoice.
3. Focused Practice. Some firms will take on anything and everything calling themselves a ‘full-service’ law firm. We prefer to stick to our specialties, that way we are never surprised by something in court. If we only deal with specified legal issues, we can give more individual attention to each client.
We provide flat-fee pricing and the initial consultations are free.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Deeds; Quitclaim Deed; Warranty Deed; Florida Probate; Mississippi Probate; Louisiana Probate; Alabama Probate.
Areas of Law Description
Fortenberry Legal provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Probate & Estate Planning
Our trust and estate attorneys represent individuals and fiduciaries through the United States. Our primary focus is probate matters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. We work with executors, families, trustees and businesses to help preserve and transfer assets to the next generation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our reputation for excellence in probate and estate planning has been earned through serving executors from across the United States in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida estate matters.
- Executor Representation
The law of most states gives a person broad rights to direct the disposition of his or her assets. Part of this direction usually involves nomination of an executor to administer the probate estate. The executor is generally charged with acquiring any part of the decedent’s estate that is not in his possession and managing the estate in the best interest of all concerned, consistent with the will and state law. Executors must carry out their duties in good faith and as a reasonably prudent person would in the circumstances. We help guide executors through this process.
- Wills and Inheritance
The first step in probating an estate is to determine whether or not a decedent has left a valid will. If so, the people or organizations named in the will, known as beneficiaries, are entitled to the deceased person's assets. If not, the person's "heirs at law" will share the deceased person's assets under the state's laws of intestacy.
Although property may be transferred from the estate of someone who died without a will to his or her heirs at law by operation of law, those who later acquire property from the heirs may want proof that no one else can claim an interest in the property. No one wants to buy a lawsuit. This is especially true in the case of real estate. Because of the risk that an unknown heir will later claim an interest in the property, a mechanism is needed to ensure buyers (and, perhaps more significantly, title insurance companies) that there are no unknown heirs. This mechanism is an heirs proceeding, also called a suit to determine heirs. After a hearing, the judge will usually issue an Order Establishing Heirs, which gives buyers (and title insurance companies) the assurance they need that no unknown heirs will later claim an interest in the property conveyed.
- Nonprofit Services
Whether you are an established nonprofit organization or still in the start-up states, Fortenberry Legal can help you reach your goals. We represent nonprofits ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multimillion dollar regional organizations. We can help you structure your organization and your business deals in a way that accomplishes your objectives and complies with tax laws and regulations.
Ms. Melinda M. Tucker
Civil Litigation, Estate and Trust, Estate Planning, Financial Litigation, Inheritance Law
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