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  • Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:34 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:34:01 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
  • Legal Corner: Do I need a fishing license to go crabbing?

    Legal Corner: Do I need a fishing license to go crabbing?

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 11:12 AM EDT2017-06-14 15:12:11 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I live next door to a business in Calcasieu Parish. For as long as it’s been there, over 15 years, it had a wooden fence separating its property from ours. A few weeks ago, on a very windy day, a portion of the fence blew down into my yard. They did pick it up off my property a few days later. I spoke with the owner and he said he hoped to have it up in 2 days. It’s been 6-7 weeks now with nothing done or mention of it. I...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I live next door to a business in Calcasieu Parish. For as long as it’s been there, over 15 years, it had a wooden fence separating its property from ours. A few weeks ago, on a very windy day, a portion of the fence blew down into my yard. They did pick it up off my property a few days later. I spoke with the owner and he said he hoped to have it up in 2 days. It’s been 6-7 weeks now with nothing done or mention of it. I...More >>
  • Legal Corner: Can an employer fire someone for too much time off due to surgery?

    Legal Corner: Can an employer fire someone for too much time off due to surgery?

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 10:57 AM EDT2017-05-31 14:57:10 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I’ve been searching for an answer about some land I inherited from my father after he passed away. It was his parents,’ and he redeemed it in 1979 as it was going on sale for non-payment of taxes. Through the years, he paid these taxes, did the upkeep on the property, and his sibling never helped with the taxes or the upkeep. The last six years, I have been paying these taxes and upkeep on the property. I was told it does...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I’ve been searching for an answer about some land I inherited from my father after he passed away. It was his parents,’ and he redeemed it in 1979 as it was going on sale for non-payment of taxes. Through the years, he paid these taxes, did the upkeep on the property, and his sibling never helped with the taxes or the upkeep. The last six years, I have been paying these taxes and upkeep on the property. I was told it does...More >>
  • Legal Corner: Do I really need a will in Louisiana?

    Legal Corner: Do I really need a will in Louisiana?

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-05-24 16:28:48 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Do I really need a will in Louisiana? What is the downside to not having one? First, it is important to differentiate between a living will and a last will and testament. A living will is effective only when a person becomes terminally ill or has an irreversible condition. A traditional or “last will” is not effective until the testator – the author of the will – passes away. The two types of traditional will...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Do I really need a will in Louisiana? What is the downside to not having one? First, it is important to differentiate between a living will and a last will and testament. A living will is effective only when a person becomes terminally ill or has an irreversible condition. A traditional or “last will” is not effective until the testator – the author of the will – passes away. The two types of traditional will...More >>
  • Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 12:02 PM EDT2017-05-17 16:02:36 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
  • Legal Corner: The bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through our property. Can we get money back for property we can't use?

    Legal Corner: The bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through our property. Can we get money back for property we can't use?

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-05-10 17:37:33 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: When purchasing our home, the bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through ½ acre of our property. Do we have any rights to royalties or any rights at all? We were told we could not dig or place anything permanent, so we have no use for the property. Can we get our money back for the property we can’t use? The viewer raises the classic issue of “merchantable title” and demonstrates the need to have a la...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: When purchasing our home, the bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through ½ acre of our property. Do we have any rights to royalties or any rights at all? We were told we could not dig or place anything permanent, so we have no use for the property. Can we get our money back for the property we can’t use? The viewer raises the classic issue of “merchantable title” and demonstrates the need to have a la...

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  • Legal Corner: Are sex offenders allowed to live in motels?

    Legal Corner: Are sex offenders allowed to live in motels?

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-05-03 14:51:07 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: My husband was married to another woman a few years ago. He filed for divorce in July of 2011. In the divorce papers, it states they were physically separated since February 2011. His ex-wife had a baby in March of 2012. The divorce was not finalized yet, but they had been separated for a year as Louisiana law states. The divorce was finalized in court January 2013. The child is not biologically his, and we just found out. Legally, c...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: My husband was married to another woman a few years ago. He filed for divorce in July of 2011. In the divorce papers, it states they were physically separated since February 2011. His ex-wife had a baby in March of 2012. The divorce was not finalized yet, but they had been separated for a year as Louisiana law states. The divorce was finalized in court January 2013. The child is not biologically his, and we just found out. Legally, c...More >>
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  • Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Saturday, June 24 2017 10:07 AM EDT2017-06-24 14:07:23 GMT
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    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

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    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

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  • Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:04:05 GMT

    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

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    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

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  • Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Friday, June 23 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-06-24 01:50:56 GMT

    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

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    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

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