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September 28, 2016

Taylor Porter Ranked Among “Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge” for Third Consecutive Year

Taylor Porter was ranked for the third consecutive year among the "Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge" by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report in the publication's 2016 rankings of companies, announced today at an awards breakfast ceremony held... Read More
September 27, 2016

More Than 5,000 in EBR, Livingston Have Applied for Disaster Unemployment; Deadline Oct. 14

The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) for individuals impacted by severe storms and flooding is Friday, October 14, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission and an article by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report,... Read More
September 26, 2016

Castille Helps Welcome Avery Johnson to Huntsville for Scholarship Event, Flood Fundraiser

Taylor Porter Partner Preston Castille, who serves as the National President of the Southern University Alumni Federation, helped welcome Alabama men's basketball head coach and Southern University alumnus Avery Johnson to Huntsville, Alabama, this past Friday for ... Read More
September 26, 2016

Taylor Porter Sponsors Sunday’s Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala

Click here for tickets Taylor Porter is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Blues Gala, presented by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and to be held on Sunday Oct. 2, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library at 7711... Read More
September 22, 2016

Vitter Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for Louisiana Flood Recovery

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the short-term continuing resolution will include federal disaster assistance for Louisiana flood recovery, following the deadly, historic flooding disaster in South Louisiana last month. The Senate is expected to consider this... Read More
September 22, 2016

Groves to Present CLE Seminar During LSU Law Center Reunion Weekend

Click here to register Taylor Porter Partner Gene Groves will team up with attorney Cyd Sheree Page, of Voorhies & Labbe, to present the LSU Law Center Reunion Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, as part of LSU Law Alumni Reunion... Read More
September 19, 2016

New Resources Available for Farmers Impacted by Historic Floods

Click here for more information This week, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack made a disaster designation giving farmers in certain parishes the option to get Farm Service Agency (FSA) assistance, including emergency loans, according to United States Senator David Vitter's... Read More
September 19, 2016

Taylor Porter Sponsors Second Annual NPR Founders Luncheon with Cokie Roberts

Click here Taylor Porter is a proud sponsor of the Second Annual 89.3FM WRKF Radio Founders Luncheon with guest speaker Cokie Roberts, to be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Noon, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Roberts will... Read More
September 14, 2016

Gov. Edwards Announces Post-Flooding, Restore Louisiana Task Force

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Restore Louisiana Task Force, which is charged with overseeing the state’s recovery efforts from the recent historic flooding across South Louisiana. “The families and individuals whose lives have been... Read More
September 14, 2016

Federal Housing Administration Offers Two Loan Programs to Help Homeowners Rebuild

The Federal Housing Administration offers two loan programs that can help homeowners rebuild, including the Capital Area Finance Authority's 203h Purchase Loan and 203K Renovation Loan through banks and lenders in 14 parishes Louisiana parishes. The loans are available... Read More
September 13, 2016

Louisiana Economic Development Estimates $8.7 Billion in Residential, Commercial Flood Damage

The Louisiana Economic Development, in a press release, estimates the August 2016 Louisiana Flood caused $8.7 billion in damage to Louisiana residential and commercial properties, with damage to businesses in the state exceeding $2 billion. Those figures do not include damage... Read More
September 12, 2016

Louisiana Attorney General Publishes Consumer Tips Guide for Flood Victims

Click here to read PDF Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has released a comprehensive guide for flood disaster victims, "Consumer Tips for Natural Disaster Victims," to help protect Louisiana citizens from becoming victims of fraud, scams, or price gouging before,... Read More
September 12, 2016

SBA Approves More Than $236 Million in Flood Loans; Businesses Can Still Apply

Click here to apply The U.S. Small Business Administration has thus far approved more than $236 million in loans to businesses, homeowners and renters impacted by flooding in the Baton Rouge area, and the federal agency urges businesses to continue... Read More
September 12, 2016

Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund Beginning to Help Owners Recover

Click here to apply online Applications are still being accepted by the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, which was created to award triage grants to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by the historic flooding in south Louisiana... Read More
September 08, 2016

Obama Letter to Edwards: Govt. to Cover 90 Percent of Flood Recovery Public Projects

Stay tuned to Taylor Porter's news and alerts page for all the latest flood recovery story updates Click here to read Obama's letter to Gov. Edwards In a letter to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards dated Thursday, ... Read More
September 07, 2016

Taylor Porter Sponsors BRAC Signature Speaker Event on Workplace Millennial Engagement

Click here to register Taylor Porter will co-sponsor an upcoming Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) signature speaker luncheon event on workplace millennial engagement, featuring guest speaker Anne Donovan, PwC People Innovation Leader, where she'll share findings from &ldquo... Read More
September 01, 2016

TP Tax Attorney Cautions Louisiana Flood Victims About Accessing 401(k) Loans, Hardship Distribution

The Internal Revenue Service announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to Louisiana flood victims and members of their families, but Taylor Porter tax practice group leader John McDermott cautions residents against... Read More
September 01, 2016

TP Estate Planning Alert: New Proposed Regulations for Family-Controlled Entities

By Mary Hester and John McDermott On August 2, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 2704 that may affect your estate planning. These regulations are intended to reduce the valuation discounts applicable to transfers... Read More
September 01, 2016

Thames Recognized as LADC Young Lawyer of the Year Award Finalist

Taylor Porter Partner Adam Thames was recognized as a finalist for The Frank L. Maraist Award by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel at the organization’s annual LADC Young Lawyers Awards and Board Dinner held Thursday, Aug. 25, at... Read More
August 31, 2016

Vitter Announces $6.8M Grant for Crisis Counseling for Flood Victims

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the State of Louisiana will be receiving a grant of $6.8 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling in... Read More
August 31, 2016

National Insurance Crime Bureau Estimates 100,000 Insured Vehicles Flooded

The August downpours that dumped more than 30 inches of rain in two days on parts of Louisiana have left as many as 100,000 cars and trucks damaged – and that’s only counting insured vehicles, according to the National Insurance... Read More
August 31, 2016

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Surpasses $3 Million in Disaster Relief Funds

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is reporting that it has raised more than $3.6 million and given away more than $2 million to individuals and nonprofit organizations affected by the Baton Rouge flooding. More than half of the money raised, $1.7... Read More
August 31, 2016

How to Retrieve Important Documents Lost in Flood

Losing important documents in a disaster can be as stressful as clearing out debris and starting the rebuilding process. Below is a useful list of phone numbers and websites you can start with. Birth and Death Certificates: Phone: 225-342-9500 ... Read More
August 30, 2016

Post-Flooding, Louisiana Shelter at Home Program Explained

Apply online What is This? The Shelter at Home Program enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged in the August flooding to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild, instead of having to stay in a... Read More
August 30, 2016

La. Dept. of Health Issues Guidance on Mold Removal

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that trained mold remediation professionals do the mold clean up if mold growth covers more than 100 square feet, or a 10-by-10 foot area. For a list of... Read More
August 29, 2016

Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund is Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund. Awards range between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on the damages, purpose and available funding. To be eligible to apply for a Rebirth Fund award, applicants must be a small businesses... Read More
August 27, 2016

FEMA Explains Temporary Housing Assistance Programs

FEMA has officially announced the types of assistance available to applicants through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and some of the criteria and limitations of IHP assistance. IHP provides financial help or direct services to those... Read More
August 25, 2016

LDEQ Says Burning of Flood Debris Against the Law

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents affected by the recent flood to refrain from open burning of debris. "It is illegal to burn solid waste," LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said. "We are in contact with local... Read More
August 24, 2016

Taylor Porter Helps Employees Recover from Historic Flooding

Several Taylor Porter employees and their families were severely impacted by the historic Baton Rouge flooding on Aug. 12-14, and the law firm's attorneys and staff have spent the last two weeks coming to the aid of... Read More
August 24, 2016

What to Know About Price Gouging During Flood Recovery?

Louisiana statutes regulating price gouging are applicable only during a state of emergency. These statutes provide both civil and criminal sanctions to those who violate its provisions.  In addition, the court may order restitution to aggrieved consumers. To enforce... Read More
August 24, 2016

BRAC, LABI Launch Small Business Rebirth Fund; NOLA Media Group Donates $100,000

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) have announced a partnership to launch a grant program, the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, to assist small businesses in the parishes that received flooding. ... Read More
August 24, 2016

Gov. Edwards’ Office Publishes Resources For Flood Victims

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his office have published "Resources for Flood Victims" on its web site. Below are several resources to help flood victims: Register Your Damages with FEMA Louisiana disaster survivors are urged to register for federal... Read More
August 24, 2016

Southern, LSU Establish Disaster Relief Funds for Students, Employees

Southern University Flood Relief Fund LSU Student Disaster Relief Fund LSU Employee Assistance Relief Fund Both Southern and LSU have established disaster relief funds assist students and employees affected by Baton Rouge's record flooding. The Southern University Flood Relief... Read More
August 23, 2016

Mold Testing and Tips Available for Homeowners

Tips from State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on How to Clean Home or Business Governor's Office Warns of Mold Danger Mold Removal Guidelines For Your Flooded Homes There are several Baton... Read More
August 23, 2016

Volunteer Organizations Step Up to Help Gut Homes, Provide Clean-Up Assistance

The following organizations have put together teams of volunteers to help muck and gut homes, along with other relief efforts. If you have damage to your home from the flooding and need clean-up assistance, call the organizations from ... Read More
August 23, 2016

FEMA, SBA Add to List of Open Disaster, Business Recovery Centers

Over the weekend, FEMA announced five new centers opening in the South Louisiana area, and added three more to that list just yesterday, and SBA currently has seven business recovery centers open. FEMA has opened eight new recovery centers that... Read More
August 23, 2016

Louisiana Department of Revenue Answers Disaster Recovery FAQs on Tax Items

Click here to read the full bulletin The Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued Revenue Information Bulletin, No. 16-048, to answer Frequently Asked Questions on Disaster Recovery Related Topics. Below are the FAQ's: 1. I donated money to a GoFundMe... Read More
August 23, 2016

Taylor Porter Attorneys Featured in September 2016 Baton Rouge Bar Association Magazine

Click here to read ATB September 2016 issue Several Taylor Porter attorneys were featured in the September 2016 Baton Rouge Bar Association magazine, "Around The Bar." Three Taylor Porter attorneys were featured in the “Bar News” section, including: Preston Castille... Read More
August 23, 2016

How To Appeal Decision Letter from FEMA?

In the aftermath of the flooding, if you have already received a decision from FEMA on your reimbursements or if you receive one and disagree with the decision made, here are your options: 1. Read the letter carefully to find out... Read More
August 23, 2016

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Creates Small Business Disaster Relief Fund

Click here to donate The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) announced the creation of the Louisiana Small Business Disaster Relief Fund to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by this historic flooding event. The federal disaster... Read More
August 22, 2016

Economic Development Organizations Release Disaster Recovery, Flood Assistance Guides

Several economic development organizations have released informative disaster response guides and flood assistance resources for Baton Rouge businesses and residents. Baton Rouge Area Chamber - Disaster Response Guide Louisiana Economic Development - Flood Recovery Assistance section... Read More
August 22, 2016

IRS Issues Tax Relief Effort for Businesses, Residents

In an e-mail from Hannis T. Bourgeois to clients and friends, the 90-plus-year old accounting firm in Baton Rouge announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has put forth a tax relief initiative to aid residents and businesses affected... Read More
August 22, 2016

How Do I Give to Local Charities in Need?

IRS Disaster Relief – Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster On Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunching for Greater Baton Rouge will take place as participating restaurants donate 15 percent of brunch sales to the Baton Rouge Area... Read More
August 22, 2016

LDEQ Issues Instructions for Flood Debris Separation

Click here to view larger version of chart The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a revised chart that explains how residents who are dealing with flood debris should go about segregating their debris into six distinct waste streams.... Read More
August 22, 2016

Six Business Recovery Centers Open Across Flooded Areas

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers (LSBDCs) announced the opening of six Business Recovery Centers to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by... Read More
August 19, 2016

LABI Advises Businesses About Federal Loans to Help Rebuild

LABI’s list of resources, which can be found online, includes the names and telephone numbers of organizations accepting donations, key contacts, a small business disaster recovery quick guide, and links to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the... Read More
August 18, 2016

Lenders, Banks Set Up Home Loan Programs, Special Recovery Assistance Loans

Disaster Home Loan Programs Available Through GMFS Baton Rouge-lending company GMFS has announced that the company will offer several home loan disaster programs to assist south Louisiana flood victims to purchase a new primary residence or repair their... Read More
August 18, 2016

BR Bar Foundation Establishes Disaster Relief Fund for Attorneys, Firm Staff Members

Click here to complete the application form  The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation has announced that it has set up a Flood Relief program and Disaster Fund to make grants available for law firm attorneys and also staff... Read More
August 18, 2016

LWC Offers Guidance on Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Louisiana Workforce Commission reports that disaster unemployment assistance is now available to businesses, including self-employed workers, affected in the 12 parishes included in President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for from... Read More
August 17, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO RECOVERY - 2016 Baton Rouge Flood Recovery FAQs

2016 BATON ROUGE FLOOD RECOVERY FAQ’s Click here for Interactive PDF The thoughts of the Taylor Porter family are with all of those affected by the widespread flooding across the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.  As recovery begins,... Read More

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