The Estate Succession Process In Louisiana
When a person dies, generally a succession is required. A succession is the process of transferring the decedent’s assets to his heirs or legatees. In other jurisdictions this process is called “Probate.” If a person dies with a will, the assets are transferred according to the will. If a person dies without a will, Louisiana law determines which relatives receive which share of the deceased person’s assets.
Louisiana law requires that at the time someone dies, certain steps must be taken for the orderly disposition of their assets, especially in the event of a will. Generally, you must inventory all assets and determine liabilities, ensure payment of any taxes and debts and distribute the assets according to the will or Louisiana law.
Lake Charles, Louisiana: Lorenzi & Barnatt
Since 1990, we at the Lake Charles law firm of Lorenzi & Barnatt have served our local community with integrity and a commitment to legal excellence.
Our probate administration practice is led by attorney Theresa Ann Barnatt, who is board-certified in estate planning and administration by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.
Our law firm provides legal guidance and understanding to personal representatives as an estate moves through the succession process. Our attorneys also give legal advice to potential heirs when a relative dies without a will.
We advise clients regarding which property is included in the estate and how the distribution process works according to the law or the decedent’s will.
If you, or someone you know, is the person responsible for the estate of a loved one we will help determine if the estate can be settled through a simple succession process or if the estate is more complex and should be placed under an administration proceeding.
The death of a loved one is difficult enough without trying to navigate through a succession process alone.
Will Contests and Estate Litigation
Because our law firm includes skilled trial lawyers, we can provide continuity of representation to clients in cases where a succession proceeding turns into a will contest or other type of estate conflict or litigation.
Take Away the Mystery of Probate Proceedings
Probate proceedings are one of those things most people don’t think about until they face it for the first time in their own lives. The process may be confusing or mysterious. Our job at Lorenzi & Barnatt is to give our clients as much information as necessary about the proceedings.