Early prior law had it that an immovable was land and buildings permanently attached to the land and component parts of buildings. Component parts was defined as part attached to a building which could not be removed without substantial damage to the building. Later prior law added a “social expectation” criteria. The law in 2005

What Does it Mean for Agents and their Clients? On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that states may not enact laws that deny same sex couples the right to marry, and that states must recognize same sex marriages validly performed in other states. The Court reasoned that such laws violate the

Tax Sale Investing

Here is what you need to know: Tax liens are sold for the amount of delinquent taxes, interest charges and related fees due to a Parish. If you buy at the tax sale, you purchase a “tax deed” from the tax collector, usually the Sheriff, and you have a “tax sale title.” This is then

Louisiana Home Warranty Act

PURPOSE The New Home Warranty Act provides additional protection for the public against defects in the construction of new homes. The warranty is provided to the new home purchaser, and places the responsibility on the builder to that purchaser, in addition to subsequent purchasers as defined by periods found in the New Warranty Act. In

Handwritten Wills: The Legal Details

Called an olographic testament, here is what you need to know about a handwritten will in Louisiana: It must be entirely written, dated, and signed in the handwriting of the testator. Issues arise with handwritten wills when people use fill-in-the-blank forms that are partially typed and partially handwritten. In that case, a court will look

Intro to Mineral Rights

Mineral Rights give a person or business the right to explore and produce the mineral resources (oil, natural gas, gold, silver, etc…) below the surface of a piece of land. Mineral rights can be purchased, sold, gifted or leased just like a traditional piece of real estate. In Louisiana we have a unique set of

In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act will eliminate the grandfathering of