Probate, which is known as "succession" in Louisiana, is the process used to resolve the affairs of an estate and to clear title to estate property. During a “testate succession” (a succession involving a will), the will is presented to the court and, once determined to be valid and enforceable, its terms are carried forward. During an “intestate succession” (a succession for someone who died without a will), the court determines, based on Louisiana inheritance law, who the decedent’s heirs are and, once determined, places them in possession of the property. Some successions are straightforward and can be done in a matter of days or weeks, while others are more complicated and can go on for months or even years.
While certain estate planning methods can help you avoid probate, such as creating a living trust, many families have to go through this proceeding once a loved one has passed. Our Louisiana attorney can review your matter and advise you on what type of succession is needed and what the costs and time frame for completion will be.
The probate process can be highly complex and difficult to navigate alone without an in-depth understanding of the law. During this time, challenges regarding heirs, the legitimacy of the will, and other matters can be made and having an experienced attorney in your corner can make all the difference. Our firm is fully aware of many of the challenges that clients commonly face during the probate process, and is ready to help you face them head on as we seek a quick and hassle-free resolution.
Let our Baton Rouge probate attorney help you and your family move through the probate process in the quickest and most cost-effective manner possible. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone involved, and we are ready to provide the compassionate and supportive service that you deserve.