New Orleans Small Successions Attorney

Small Estate Planning Attorney in New Orleans

You are more likely to hear horror stories about probate than hopeful tales of ease and convenience. It is true that probate can be an immensely complicated and challenging legal proceeding. Fortunately, not everyone in Louisiana has to go through this process. If the estate in question is fairly small, we may be able to wind up the estate by using a small estate affidavit. Small successions may be passed much more easily - and quickly - this way. If the total value of your decedent's assets is under $125,000, you may qualify for this streamlined approach to successions.

Brown Weimer, LLC can guide you through the process of settling a small estate easily and without facing the full probate process. If this simplified manner of administering your deceased loved one's succession is available to you, we highly recommend taking advantage of it. We may be able to save you a substantial amount of time and money by turning to these alternative processes for legally distributing your decedent's assets.

"Small Succession" Defined

Generally, there are two requirements for an estate to be treated as a small succession under Louisiana law. First, the person must have passed away and left property in the state of Louisiana. Second, the total value of all the decedent's assets must be less than $125,000. This limit encompasses the totality of property the decedent owned. Also, if the person who died had a will this simplified process may not always be available.

When Our Lawyers Use Small Succession Affidavits

One way of more easily administering a small succession is through the use of a small succession affidavit. We may be able to use this process under a couple of circumstances. The first is if your deceased loved one lived in Louisiana and had no will. This may also be an option if your loved one lived in another state and had property located here.

Using this method, we will prepare an affidavit listing the decedent's information, a list of their assets, and a list of their natural heirs. This method often allows assets to be distributed promptly unless delayed by out-of-state proceedings.

Our attorneys can assess your case to help you determine whether you are eligible to use a small succession affidavit. You should contact us as soon as possible after your loved one has passed, as there are strict time limits associated with small successions.

Contact an Orleans Parish Small Succession Lawyer

Brown Weimer, LLC is skilled in administering estates quickly and simply by helping our clients take advantage of Louisiana's small succession laws. We will fight to keep as much estate property as possible in the hands of the rightful beneficiaries. Contact us online or call 504-561-8700 to receive a complimentary consultation. We represent clients in metro New Orleans and St. Tammany, Jefferson, Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. John Parishes, including Thibodaux, Metairie, Slidell, Covington, Kenner, Houma, Gretna, Harvey, and Mandeville.

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