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Louisiana Successions/Probate

If you have been named the executor of another person’s estate in Louisiana, you have been given an important responsibility. As executor, you can be held personally liable for mistakes. As a result, you should seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process.

At Nicaud & Sunseri Law Firm, LLC, we offer a consultation to explain your responsibilities as executor and to answer your questions about the succession process. Our lawyers represent executors from all over the United States when the deceased person owned property in New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parish or anywhere in southern Louisiana.

What Is Succession?

In Louisiana, a “succession” is a court process that is used to determine the legal heirs and have them placed in possession of the decedent’s property. When a will is involved, the will is probated to determine the validity of the will. Oftentimes, it is necessary to appoint an executor to manage the succession process. An executor is responsible for:

  • Identifying and valuing assets
  • Notifying creditors and paying legitimate bills of the decedent
  • Paying state and federal taxes
  • Placing the heirs in possession in accordance with the terms of the decedent’s will. If the deceased person left no will, then assets will be distributed to beneficiaries under Louisiana’s intestate succession process.

Succession typically takes six months to a year, depending on the assets involved, but may take longer if there are complex assets or disputes.

Representing Heirs And Beneficiaries

In addition to representing executors, our attorneys represent heirs and beneficiaries in will contests and other issues that may arise in the succession process. In Louisiana, a will can be contested due to:

  • Undue influence by a caretaker or other person in a position of trust
  • Lack of proper execution of a will
  • Lack of testamentary capacity by the person signing the will

Contact Our Metairie And St. Tammany Parish Probate Attorneys

For more information or to schedule a consultation with our succession lawyers, call 504-662-9596 or 985-218-0494, or contact us online. We advise and represent clients on the Northshore and the Southshore.