Skilled Guidance For Succession After The Death Of A Loved One
In Louisiana, the process of distributing your loved one’s estate after their death is referred to as a “succession.” The complex process is to ensure the proper distribution of an estate to a person’s heirs or beneficiaries. Depending on the size of the estate and whether there was an estate plan in place, this process, known as “probate” in other states, can be relatively straightforward or extremely complicated.
Emotions after a death in the family can be unpredictable, and the legal nuances of succession are intricate. It is for these reasons the guidance of a skilled lawyer is essential to ensuring a smooth transition and effective administration of an estate.
Carl Goode is an experienced attorney and a board-certified estate planning administration specialist. As the founder of the Goode Tax and Estate Planning Law Group, LLC, in Baton Rouge, he helps families throughout Louisiana with succession. To schedule an initial consultation, call 225-230-9027.
Understanding The Difference Between Testate And Intestate Successions
A succession can be either testate or intestate. A testate succession occurs when a person has passed away with a valid will in place. Assuming no party attempts to contest the terms of a will, the assets of the estate will be distributed according to the wishes of the deceased.
An intestate succession occurs when a person passes away without a will. Louisiana law governs the heirs who are in line to receive the assets of the estate. These cases can be difficult, particularly when there are multiple heirs or when estranged family members suddenly become part of the picture.
Regardless of the circumstances, having a lawyer on your side can help make this process less burdensome and more efficient than attempting to navigate the successions process on your own.