Louisiana Successions & Probate Attorneys

Issues related to succession and probate can be emotionally charged and difficult to understand without a trusted lawyer’s advice. These areas of law deal with the distribution of assets and settling of estates after someone passes away, and in most cases the parties involved are dealing with grief and mourning as they try to navigate these complex legal issues. At Echols & Associates, L.L.C., we are committed to helping clients in all stages of this process, whether they are planning their Will, administering the estate of a loved one, or challenging the way an estate has been handled.

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

For clients who are concerned about protecting their assets and ensuring succession to certain heirs, working with a lawyer to plan their estate can bring a great deal of assurance and confidence. When you create a Will with a lawyer, you can feel more confident that it addresses all the relevant issues and will stand up better to any questions or challenges after the fact. As a firm that works to build lifelong relationships with our clients, we can help you draft a Will today and adjust your estate plan throughout your lifetime to address changes that occur.

Succession and Probate

When someone passes away, their estate is said to be either testate, which means they have left a Will, or intestate, which means there is no Will. In either of these cases, the estate goes into probate, a process through which the assets are distributed and debts settled. This process is often simpler and easier when there is a Will, but there can still be questions and challenges if the Will is not comprehensive.

The process is relatively straightforward:

  • An administrator or executor is named as responsible for the estate
  • The estate is valued and inventoried
  • Any debts are settled with creditors
  • The assets are distributed according to state laws unless the Will indicates otherwise
  • Once all issues have been settled, the executor is discharged from their duties

However, this process becomes more difficult when the Will is not clear. Issues arise when:

  • The estate is very large, allowing for more debate
  • The Will is too general and is interpreted differently by various parties
  • The estate contains assets that are difficult to distribute or to value

The best way to ensure that the probate process goes smoothly and succession takes place as intended is to consult an experienced lawyer from the beginning of the process, such as those at Echols & Associates, L.L.C.

Call Us Today

If you are looking for a lawyer with experience in successions and probate in Louisiana, call Echols & Associates, L.L.C. today. We can help you understand the law as it applies to your situation and resolve any issues that arise during this difficult time.