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Coast Guard Suspension Revocation Proceeding Process

If you are a Merchant Mariner, a Coast Guard investigation can put your livelihood at risk. So it’s critical to have someone on your side to build a strong defense. It is also very important to understand the procedures in suspension and revocation hearings.   Suspension and Revocation Proceeding Process: Suspension and Revocation (S&R) hearings are administrative proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) concerning a Merchant Mariner’s Credential, License(s) or Document(s) and the right to hold those documents and serve under them. These proceedings ONLY affect a Merchant Mariner’s Credential, License(s) or Document(s) – there is absolutely no criminal aspect to these proceedings, nor are jail sentences or criminal fines imposed. Because these proceedings are administrative, the Government (Coast Guard) does not provide an attorney or representation for Mariners. Mariners do, however, have several options in regard to representation at a hearing. A mariner may obtain an attorney at his or her own expense, seek to obtain a attorney through local clinics/services, choose to have some other non-attorney assist, or choose to represent his or herself. S&R cases begin when a Coast Guard Investigating Officer (IO) files a complaint with the ALJ Docketing Center. This complaint lists the violation(s) allegedly committed by the mariner (also known at this point as the respondent), the IO’s findings of fact, and the IO’s proposed sanction. After receiving a complaint, the mariner must submit an answer to the complaint with the ALJ Docketing Center within twenty (20) days. The answer must state whether the mariner agrees or disagrees with the facts, allegations, and proposed sanctions asserted in the complaint. Once a complaint is...

My Aunt lived in another state and died leaving property in Louisiana. What now?

Being an heir of an out of state relative can be tricky, but here’s an overview of how Louisiana law works in relation to acquiring property in Louisiana when you reside in another state. Firstly, this is more common of an occurrence than one might think. There are laws in place to protect individuals and their assets as long as the proper process is followed. If someone died leaving property in Louisiana for you in their will, here’s what you need to do to make sure your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed: The first question that needs to be answered is whether the property is real property, immovable (real estate) or movable. If the property is real estate (immovable property), the heirs OR legatees listed in the will have to be placed in possession of the property. This is done through a Succession proceeding in Louisiana. A Succession is when one person (successor) takes over or is placed into possession of another person’s (predecessor) property. A petition (law suit) is filed in the court of the Parish where the property is located requesting that the heirs or legatees be recognized as the owners of the property. The type of proceeding depends on whether Probate proceedings are opened in the other state. If proceedings are opened in the other state, then an Ancillary Succession Proceeding can be done in Louisiana. If no proceedings are opened in the other state, then a regular Succession proceeding must be opened in Louisiana. If the decedent had a will, which meets the requirements of the state where the Aunt died, Louisiana has a...

Louisiana Landlord Tenant Laws : Who do they protect?

When you sign a lease for rental property, your landlord will probably require you to pay a security deposit. Later, when your lease ends and you vacate the rental property, you’ll want your security deposit back as soon as possible. Do you know what the Louisiana landlord tenant laws say about how all of this works? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about security deposits for rental properties: Q: How much can a landlord get from a tenant as a security deposit? A: Louisiana law imposes no limit on the amount a landlord can require from a tenant as a security deposit. Q: How long does a landlord have to return a tenant’s security deposit? A: A Louisiana landlord has up to one month after the end of a tenancy to return the security deposit. The law allows deductions for damages to the...

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