Probate/Succession

Baton Rouge Succession & Probate Lawyer

Properly planning for the disposition of one's property after death can preserve assets and lift a burden from the shoulders of surviving family members. But as a person's life situation changes, an estate plan should change. A divorce, a re-marriage, or the birth of a child should lead to a change in a person's will or other estate planning documents.

At Lazarre Law Firm, we assist clients in making wise wills and succession decisions. We work with them over time as the laws change and as their families change - to ensure that their wills and estate plans reflect their current circumstances and desires.

Lazarre Law Firm advises clients in probate and succession matters such as:

  • Wills
  • Simple trusts
  • Health care directive (living will)
  • Power of attorney
  • Succession (probate administration)
  • Interdiction, tutorship or conservatorship, and guardianship matters
  • And others

Known in some states as probate, succession is what we in Louisiana call the legal process in which the deceased person's debts are paid and assets are distributed after his or her death.

A succession must be filed in the parish in which the decedent was domiciled, or the parish where the decedent owned property. So, if your relative was living in Baton Rouge when he or she died, but you live in Mississippi, you will need to file a succession in East Baton Rouge Parish. Successions can be simple or complex, depending on circumstances. Lazarre Law Firm can advise you and handle all types of succession matters.

Do You Need a Will?

How the deceased person's estate is distributed will usually depend on whether he or she died with or without a will. We are often asked whether one needs a will. Speaking only of Louisiana, the answer to that question depends on several factors — for example, whether you have been married more than one time, have children, or if you want your spouse to have the use and control of the estate until he or she dies. If so, you may need a will. Otherwise the automatic succession articles of the Louisiana Civil Code will take over.

Making wise succession decisions requires thought, reflection, and the advice of an experienced attorney. At the Lazarre Law Firm, we work closely with clients to make sure that their estate decisions preserve their assets for their families and reflect their true wishes.

For a consultation with a Baton Rouge probate lawyer at Lazarre Law Firm, call (225) 590-5323, or contact us online.