The death of a loved one is an emotional time. Even with proper estate planning in place to ease the burden, family members are often left with the unfamiliar process of administering the estate of their loved one.
In Louisiana, a Succession is the all-encompassing name for the administration of one’s estate at death through the court. This process takes place whether there is a Will or not. Administering an estate can be a complex process, and almost always requires the Executor or Administrator to hire an attorney to facilitate it.
A succession representative is the person charged with opening the estate by filing the succession pleadings, managing and distributing the assets, determining, verifying and paying (or negotiating) the debts of the decedent, paying administrative expenses and finally closing the estate on the behalf of and per the wishes of the decedent.