Monday, June 27, 2016

Preparing Your Garden for the Fall in Louisiana

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana, William (Bill) Arata has been counseling clients at the Arata Law Offices in Bogalusa for more than 20 years. Outside of work, Bill Arata enjoys gardening.

Consider these tips when preparing your Louisiana garden to thrive in the fall.

-Prune in August. Everblooming roses, also known as repeat blooming roses, include floribundas, hybrid tea roses, and grandifloras, among other varieties. This type of flower blossoms well from October through early December if you prune them back to a third of their height during August. You may still be able to achieve outstanding blooms if pruning is completed by early September.

-Avoid fertilizing with nitrogen. Check for nitrogen before fertilizing landscape plants in September. Fertilizers containing nitrogen can impede hardy growth in shrubs and ground covering as well as trees and lawns. Prolong your plants’ lives through the fall and winter by checking fertilizer labels for nutrient information.

- Select the right edibles. If you have an edible garden, you can start planting broccoli and cauliflower seeds in September. Opt for transplants when planting these in October. The same rule applies to Brussels sprouts. Plants that can start from seeds through October include Chinese cabbage and mustard greens.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tulane to Kick Off 2016 Football Season with New Head Coach

Owner of the Arata Law Offices, attorney William “Bill” Arata handles insurance disputes through his firm in Bogalusa, Louisiana. In his spare time, Bill Arata enjoys cheering on his home football team, the Tulane University Green Wave.

The Tulane University football team will open its 2016 season against Wake Forest University in North Carolina. The news was released on the Tulane Athletics website in May. The team will be led by experienced head coach Willie Fritz, who joined the school at the end of 2015. His history of rebuilding football programs as well as ensuring the academic and competitive success of his players, will be a valuable asset to the Green Wave, according to the university’s director of athletics.

The Green Wave and Demon Deacons have played twice against each other to date, with Tulane emerging victorious in both meetings. Their last matchup took place in 1995 at the Superdome, and Tulane won by 26 points. The upcoming game will be televised on ESPN3 on Thursday, September 1.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scouts Convene at the Summit Betchel Reserve

William (Bill) Arata owns Bogalusa, Louisiana–based Arata Law Offices, a plaintiff-oriented firm that handles a range of issues such as divorce, personal injury, and worker's compensation. Aside from his work, Bill Arata spent more than 10 years leading a Cub Scout pack for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA currently owns a parcel of land known as the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Founded in 2009, the Summit Bechtel Reserve is located in West Virginia's New River Gorge National River area. The BSA purchased 10,600 acres of land to create the reserve especially for the National Scout Jamboree and other scouting activities. Chosen in part for its proximity to the national park, the site is also only a few hours’ drive from other popular destinations, including Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Washington D.C. Scouts who visit the Summit can participate in activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skateboarding, and shooting.

The next large event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, which runs from July 19-28. To learn more about the reserve, visit

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Communicative and Adaptive Team Building for Teens

Handling cases of divorce, civil litigation, and personal injury, William “Bill” Arata represents clients throughout the Bogalusa, Louisiana, community. Since his father passed away from cancer in 2007, Bill Arata has maintained a strong commitment to furthering education among youth through activities that build group capacities; he believes that one of the core benefits of such activities is in providing a sense of group togetherness, which instills a greater capacity to stay focused and positive during times of stress.

A key focus of team building for teens involves getting beyond the “I” that tends to be a core focus in academic pursuits. Instead, participants become attuned to working with and helping others. They develop effective communicative skills through the multifaceted problem solving required in reaching goals.

Among the basic types of team building activities are those that emphasize communication, from message relay games such as “telephone” to the “human knot,” which requires close coordination to untangle limbs.

There are also adaptability activities that require an evolving approach as challenges progress. An example of this is the egg catapult activity, which requires groups to plan and design progressively better means of protecting eggs launched from a height.                            

Friday, May 13, 2016

Episcopal Community Services Offered by the Diocese of Louisiana

The owner of Bogalusa, Louisiana’s Arata Law Offices, William “Bill” Arata has lived in Bogalusa for more than 50 years. An active resident of his hometown, Bill Arata is a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

St. Matthew’s Church was founded in 1907, only one year after the founding of Bogalusa itself. It is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the only Episcopal church in Washington Parish.

St. Matthew’s has access to Episcopal Community Services from the Diocese of Louisiana (ECSLA). This program was developed by the diocese to provide church leadership with skills and support that increase the impact of the church’s ministry. Programming through ECSLA includes professional development trainings, planning assistance, program assessments, and clergy coaching. The program works to assist laity with the knowledge and skills they need to better serve their church community and communities beyond the church. More information is available at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Division of Property in a Louisiana Divorce

As senior partner of the Arata & Arata Law Office in Bogalusa, Louisiana, William “Bill” Arata represents clients in a variety of domestic matters. Bill Arata draws on an in-depth knowledge of divorce laws in the state of Louisiana.

In the state of Louisiana, unless there is a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement stating otherwise, a divorcing couple must divide community property evenly between the two parties. The state defines community property as that which the couple owned following the date of marriage, while all assets owned before the marriage remain the property of the original owner. The court does allow couples to independently determine who receives which particular asset, though this agreement must undergo official review to ensure equal distribution.

If the court makes decisions on specific division of property, it typically considers custody arrangements when determining which spouse will receive the family home. Courts also take note of the financial needs of each party and any children, expected financial standing in the future, and past contributions to the home itself.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Louisiana Automobile Accident Law

Monday, March 28, 2016

Requirements for Divorce in Louisiana

William “Bill” Arata, the owner and senior partner of the Arata & Arata Law Office, builds on more than 20 years of experience with the firm. In that time, Bill Arata has represented clients in numerous divorce cases.

A couple may file for divorce in Louisiana once they have resided in the state for at least one year and have lived separately for a minimum of 180 days, provided that the couple has no minor children. Couples with children must live in separate residences for a minimum of one year. Most couples who fulfill this requirement do not need to state their grounds for divorce, unless they are in a covenant marriage.

Available only in Arkansas, Arizona, and Louisiana, a covenant marriage sets forth limited reasons for seeking divorce. These include adultery and a felony conviction, which may also be grounds for divorce in a non-covenant marriage. Couples in a covenant marriage also have the option to seek divorce on the grounds of physical or sexual abuse of children or a spouse, abandonment of the marital home, or separation for a minimum of two years. If a separation agreement exists, the couple may divorce after 12 to 18 months, depending on the absence or presence of minor children.

Divorce from a covenant marriage also requires marital counseling and a waiting period of two years. Couples agree to these terms when they sign the Declaration of Intent that defines the covenant marriage as a sacred agreement to live as husband and wife for the remainder of their lives.