Dealing with the legal issues that accompany death is often overwhelming and confusing for those left behind. This is why our team is beside you throughout the process to answer your questions and assist you in completing the necessary legal matters.
When a person dies in Louisiana—regardless of whether that person has a will, trust or dies intestate—there is usually legal work that must be completed to pass his or her legacy on to those entitled to it. There may be disputes amongst those involved regarding how the deceased’s property is to be distributed. With our extensive knowledge in the areas of probate, successions, and trust administration, we can help you tackle these difficult issues.
Therefore, succession and probate work is a primary focus of our practice.
During your lifetime, if you want to transfer any of your property, you generally do so by signing a document making the transfer. Of course, this is no longer possible after death. Therefore, it is usually necessary to retain an attorney to file papers with the court to transfer property to the beneficiaries. This procedure is called a succession in Louisiana. You may also hear it referred to as probate. A succession is required whether there is a will or not.
Managing The Details
Many Louisiana attorneys prepare successions and do probate work, but the laws involving successions are complex and there are deadlines that, if missed, may cause your heirs to pay additional taxes. An attorney not expertly familiar with Louisiana succession law may also take more time to complete the work causing more stress to the family already grieving from the loss of a loved one. In addition, many attorneys charge a percentage of the estate to prepare a succession even though the work required to prepare the succession of a person who had $200,000 worth of assets is the same as the work required to prepare the succession of a person who had $1 million in assets.
Helping You Through It
At the Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC, the goal of the members of our succession and probate team is to ensure we prepare the necessary Louisiana succession documents in a timely manner and at a reasonable fee. We also understand that our clients who come to see us to prepare their loved one’s successions are often still grieving and we strive to treat those clients with extra care.