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Morgan Travis Allison

Morgan Travis Allison

Allison & Allison
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Family Law
  • Louisiana
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Summary

Author and attorney Morgan Allison earned a Juris Doctorate from the LSU Hebert Law Center in 2001. He practices family and estate law in Houma, Louisiana with his wife and law partner Elizabeth Allison. In addition to his legal skills, Mr. Allison brings extensive technological skills from years of computer software coding and forensic computer investigation to the service of his clients

Mr. Allison has served the community as a volunteer EMT/firefighter, District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America, and currently as a member of the board of directors of the Houma Rotary Club.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Louisiana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Allison & Allison
- Current
Education
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
J.D. (2001)
Professional Associations
Academy of Special Needs Planners
- Current
Louisiana State Bar
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Louisiana Estate Planning for Special Needs Families
Allison Legal Series
Speaking Engagements
Special Needs Trusts, Houma, Louisiana
Bayouland Families Helping Families
Special Needs Trusts, Annual Meeting, Houma, Louisiana
TARC
Websites & Blogs
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Allison & Allison Estate Planning
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Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. Is a succession necessary if the person has no legal heirs just a surviving spouse?
A: Yes. A succession is necessary to transfer ownership to whomever inherits and to separate out the spouses' interests in the community property.
Q. Louisiana Law, what does it mean when the will says "estate shall pass to my descendants, per stirpes?"
A: "Per Stirpes" means "by branch" as opposed to "per capita" which would be by the person. So, in this case, daughter A's children receive her share and each gets 1/4 of it. Daughter B would have to split the property with Daughter A's four children, but not evenly. Daughter B would get half and each of the four children would get 1/8.
Q. What is Louisiana civil code 996 and where can I get a copy
A: You can get all of Louisiana codified state law here: https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/lawsearch.aspx There is no Civil Code Art. 996 nor code of Civil Procedure Art. 996. Not sure what you are looking for.
Q. My grandmother in 2012, both died intestate. Can I inherit my dads property if his name is not on my birth certificate?
A: There are other possible ways to prove you are an heir. A DNA test comparing your DNA to one of your dad's siblings might work. Also, witnesses could testify to facts that would suggest he was your father. Did he ever say he was, or act like he was? You would have a better case with a birth certificate, of course, but there may be a chance.
Q. whole life insurance my father purchase for me part of succession ? I name insured
A: If you are the named beneficiary, the proceeds go directly to you. They are not part of the succession, though they do count towards the estate tax exemption.
Q. Hi my Aunt passed away this weekend. Is a successor required to handle her estate?
A: An executor of the will would need to be appointed by the court. Basically, to do this, you would pick the bast person related to her you can think of - probably you, I'm guessing, and a petition would be filed to probate the will and asking the court to appoint you as executor. If there is no objection by anyone, then you would be the executor and given the power to take the necessary steps to execute the will such as paying off the creditors and giving the rest to the legatees named. Our fees to represent you is based on the value of the estate and can possibly come from the assets of the estate itself, so your out-of-pocket costs would be minimized. Give us a call if we can be of more help.
Q. Are handwritten wills legal in Louisiana? If so, do they need to be witnessed and notarized?
A: They are legal IF DONE RIGHT. If there is a mistake, though, they are worthless. I had a client who's brother wanted to save some money and tried to do his own will. It was signed and completely written in his own hand as the law requires, but he did not date it. Also, he was not absolutely clear about his intent. It looked like he wanted to leave everything to his sister instead of his daughter... but it was arguable. So, his estate passed as if he did not have a will at all. Even if it works, the probate process is a little more complicated than with a regular notarial will, because it is not a "self-proving" document. So, yes, technically, if you do it exactly right, you can write your own will and not need a notary or a lawyer, but don't risk it and don't put that burden on your loved ones.
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Main Office
7836 Park Ave.
Houma, LA 70364
USA
Telephone: (985) 853-8557
Fax: (985) 873-8882