Succession refers to Louisiana’s process for sorting out the estate of someone who has passed away. Also called probate, succession requires court involvement and detailed, accurate paperwork. It can be an overwhelming process for those not familiar with it.
Succession is not always necessary. Small estates under a certain dollar amount and estates consisting entirely of certain nonprobate assets can sidestep the full-blown succession process, saving much time, hassle and expense.
If you recently lost a loved one and are facing questions about succession, you can turn to the law office of Betsy A. Fischer, LLC. We will examine the circumstances of the estate and analyze whether succession is necessary. If it is, our attorney can walk you through the process, providing step-by-step guidance to ease your mind and minimize your hassle.
The process of succession will differ depending on whether or not your loved one had a will (also called a testament). If he or she did, the succession process will focus on validating that will and distributing assets in accordance with its terms.
In the absence of a will, Louisiana’s complicated intestate law will apply. This means the estate assets will be distributed to your loved one’s next of kin in accordance with highly nuanced rules. For large or blended families, the intestate succession process can become extraordinarily complex.
We understand the emotional and practical challenges you are facing following the loss of a loved one. Our firm can make this difficult transition easier on you by taking care of the legal aspects. We provide personalized, one-on-one counsel in a discreet and sensitive manner.