Notary Public

How is a Louisiana Notary Different?

Louisiana is the only state in the United States that is a Civil Law jurisdiction.  A Notary under Civil Law has a greater depth of abilities than those notaries from common law jurisdictions.  Louisiana notaries can draft sales, donations, transfers, wills, affidavits, and many other legal documents for the general public.  In the Parish of Orleans, notaries kept the official records of property transactions until the Clerk of Court began maintaining the records.  Attached is an article by Alejandro M. Garro that was published by The American College of Mortgage Attorneys, “The Role of the Notary in the Civil Law Tradition.”

What does real estate include?

What Does Real Estate Include?

Real estate is a huge part of a person’s life.  Most likely, a house is the largest single purchase for 99% of the population.  When you own real estate, you may have significant responsibilities – a mortgage payment, equity, property taxes, homeowners’ insurance, maintenance costs, IRS considerations, inheritance issues, ownership with a spouse, HOA and possibly MORE.  All of these may create even further responsibilities that connect property ownership with your life.

Factors to consider:

  • Estate planning or probate issues
  • Change in Life Circumstances
  • Ownership with Others- with or without children, ownership with others, whether or not having a spouse brings in inheritance issues, estate issues and legal issues
  • Leasing your property

If you have a legal issue or concern, contact us.  After listening carefully, we will honestly describe what we can do to help – or not.  But if it is something we cannot help you with, we can refer you to a qualified professional that we know will represent your best interest.

Spring Break Chaperone Guide

A Must Read Before Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner, and many parents like you are excitedly planning activities and trips for their children and possibly their friends. Whether it’s a family vacation or a coordinated outing, chaperoning kids during spring break or any trip requires careful planning and attention to ensure their safety and well-being. In this newsletter, we will discuss some important tips and considerations for parents who will be chaperoning kids over spring break.

1: Safety First

  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations will help you make informed decisions and avoid complications, even possible legal complications. This includes understanding age restrictions for certain activities, adhering to curfews, following traffic laws, and respecting cultural norms
  • Life jackets for water activities or appropriate safety gear for adventure sports
  • Set up a buddy system and encourage kids to stay with the group
  • Avoid scammers: scammers will pretend to deliver “cheap pizza” to get personal or credit card information or call hotel rooms asking for credit card info
  • Check the U.S. State Department website before you leave for specific travel warnings

 

2: Legal Considerations

  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations, this will help you make informed decisions and avoid potential legal complications or surprises. This includes understanding age restrictions for certain activities, adhering to curfews, following traffic laws, and respecting cultural norms
  • Chaperones are considered responsible for those in their care, custody and control. A chaperone may be held liable for any negligence or misconduct that may occur during the trip, depending on the facts and the situation. This includes situations where a child is injured, harmed, or involved in illegal activities. Understanding your legal responsibilities will help you navigate potential risks and take appropriate actions to prevent any legal issues. To protect yourself, you may wish to have each parent acknowledge these concerns and sign waivers (see the Ultimate Chaperone Guide which includes forms)

 

3: Emergency Protocols and Communication

  • Be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise – create a communication plan among chaperones, children, and parents in case of emergencies
  • Establish regular check-in times
  • Obtain copies of medical insurance cards and a limited medical power of attorney in case there is a medical emergency (see how to do this in the Ultimate Chaperone Guide)

 

4: Transportation

  • Check the credentials of drivers! Ensure that they have a valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • Adhere to traffic laws – speed limits, seat belts, and avoiding distracted driving

 

5: Behavior Management

  • Encourage a positive and inclusive environment while also setting clear expectations and boundaries for the children
  • Set clear rules and expectations at the beginning of the trip. It is easier when there is a united front from all parents, so ask parents to communicate rules to their kids before the trip.

Protecting yourself and kids during a spring break trip is of utmost importance.  By implementing these strategies we hope you feel knowledgeable and able to focus on your spring break stress-free.  🌴🌞✈️

 

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