Hilton S. Bell and Ryan C. Toups

Board Certified Tax Specialists

Sheila Moragas

Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration

Hilton Bell and Sheila Moragas, 

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Hilton S. Bell

Sheila Moragas

Ryan C. Toups

Hilton S. Bell, Sheila Moragas and Ryan C. Toups provide legal guidance in the Tax, Trusts and Estates practice area of LaFleur & Laborde.  The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization has certified Bell and Toups as a specialist in tax and certified Moragas in estate planning and administration. Moragas has also earned membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Our Tax, Trusts and Estates practice encompasses all areas of estate planning. Our lawyers assist individuals, and their businesses, to properly plan for each client's particular situation. The Tax Trusts and Estates group provide tax and estate planning services for individuals, including wills, successions, charitable trusts, gifting, federal estate tax planning, and transactional planning. Our attorneys regularly create special needs trusts for families to address these complex personal and legal matters. Further, we assist with succession planning for family businesses, with pre- and post-marital agreements, and with charitable giving.

We handle interdictions and tutorships and represent the fiduciaries appointed in these cases. Our attorneys represent parties in contested successions and trust administration disputes. We also advise corporate as well as individual trustees administering special needs trusts.

We administer Louisiana successions as well as ancillary estates that own Louisiana properties. Our clients have also been represented by us before the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals in all manner of tax disputes. We also represent nonprofit organizations in connection with compliance and planning issues.