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Theodore D. Vicknair Sr.

Vicknair Law Firm LLC

Theodore D. Vicknair Sr.

Vicknair Law Firm LLC

Theodore D. Vicknair Sr.

Vicknair Law Firm LLC

Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist, Board Certified Tax Law Specialist and CPA. 

I have been a CPA since 1994 and an Louisiana attorney since 2000. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization has designated me as a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist (since 2008), as well as a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist (also since 2008).

I started my career as a CPA because I wanted to help clients keep more of what they earned and saved, rather than letting their wealth be frittered away to the government as taxes and fees. Maximizing client wealth is what has motivated me since the very beginning of my career. While working as a CPA as a tax accountant for a large oil and gas company, The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company (LL&E), I earned my master’s degree in accounting in the evening at UNO. In 1996, I knew that if I wanted to fully advance my clients’ financial and estate planning interests, it was imperative that I maximize my education in the tax and legal fields. That is why I decided to become a tax and estate planning attorney. I didn’t just fall into this area of law; becoming an estate planning attorney was very deliberate.

In 1996, I enrolled in Loyola University New Orleans School of Law’s evening program while working as a CPA for LL&E during the day. I graduated in three (3) years in 1999. After graduating, I earned my Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in taxation from the University of Florida in 2000. The University of Florida was regularly ranked second in the nation for all Graduate Tax Programs in the United States.

My interest in estate planning and business planning was a natural outgrowth of my career as a CPA and a tax practitioner, since tax planning is naturally an important component of overall estate planning and financial well being.  When I first began my career as an attorney, there were many estates that were subject to the Federal Estate Tax and the Louisiana Inheritance Tax.  Today, fortunately, the Federal Estate Tax only impacts clients owning assets worth over $11 million or more at death.

Although the Federal Estate Tax only impacts a fraction of my clients today, I am notably qualified to help clients due to the many skills I learned as a lawyer helping high net worth clients achieve their wealth planning goals.  In many ways, helping middle income clients with their estate planning goals is a “walk in the park” by comparison.  But I never treat my clients, or their needs and goals, as insignificant.  The client whose estate is valued at $300,000 is just as important to that client (and to me), as the client whose estate is valued at $30 million.

Even for the simplest estate plans, I am able to look at a client’s estate and overall financial situation through a tax lens and help them achieve tax efficiency and asset protection efficiency, even if tax and asset protection planning is not a primary motivator for a client.  For example, I routinely help clients achieve several thousand dollars in yearly tax savings on their income tax returns, even when they come to me for something as seemingly disconnected as medicaid long-term care planning, or a Last Will and Testament.  That is why I always suggest prospective clients to not only bring with them a copy of their current estate plan (will or trust, if any), but also their tax returns from the previous year.

Since approximately 2010, my practice has focused more strongly on the needs and issues particular to middle income clients and small business owners.  These include issues such as medicaid long-term care planning, special needs planning (for clients with family members who are disabled or incapacitated in some way), VA Aid & Attendance planning (for veterans and their spouses), asset protection planning, and small business protection planning.

Plans I regularly recommend and personally draft for my clients include revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts (for long term care qualification), special needs trusts, probate avoidance plans, last wills and testaments, asset protection trusts, litigation avoidance plans, VA trusts, charitable trusts, income and estate tax savings plans, and various legal entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and S corporations.  I also have a steady probate practice.

I regularly qualify clients for medicaid long-term care benefits who have not engaged me for pre-planning and who find themselves having to go into a nursing home.  For these clients, I regularly achieve savings in excess of 50%+ off their nursing home costs, even though these same clients are routinely told by others that they have to spend down their assets to $2,000 or less.

Firm Description

SERVING CLIENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN ALEXANDRIA, THE NORTHSHORE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

I am glad you are here. Here you will find a vast array of resources and information on how you can become worry free when it comes to making sure that what you have worked so hard for in your life stays youRS, that what you have passes to who you want and when you want. Learn how keep youR assets free from predators and creditors, avoid nursing home poverty, qualify for all tax benefits coming to you, and how avoid lawsuits, family hostility, and much much more! Don’t forget to check the blog where I regularly post information on estate planning, asset protection, taxation, and business planning topics that you need to know.

Our main areas of specialization are:

  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Taxation and Tax Planning
  • Trust Administration and Probate

If you have questions about Louisiana estate planning, wills, trusts, estates, probate, tax debts, tax settlements, establishing a Louisiana corporation or Louisiana LLC, or other financial problems or matters, please don’t hesitate to call.

Hours

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Monday 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM 5:30 PM

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I would be delighted to speak with you about how I can help you. If I can’t, or if your current plan is adequate, I will be honest and tell you so. You will not be strong armed into a fee. Many attorneys in this area of law have a substantial back office of staff that have to be paid salaries, and it is often to a non-attorney assistant that the client is shuffled off to after the client is retained. Not so with me. I handle your case from your initial consultation to the end of your engagement. I explain the hows and whys of each step, and you will be fully in charge of your plan. I just help my clients see their goals achieved correctly and efficiently.

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