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Baton Rouge Probate Lawyers

Knowledgeable Probate and Succession Lawyers

Louisiana has very strict and complex succession laws that control where property goes after someone dies. It surprises some people to know that if a spouse dies without a will, their property transfers to their children and not their spouse. At Modica - Dowden in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we have significant experience dealing with the intricacies of probate and succession laws in Louisiana.

Louisiana Succession Lawyers

There are two types of successions in Louisiana, testate and intestate. Testate involves an estate where there is a will. When there was not a will an estate is considered intestate and Louisiana statutes determine who inherits the deceased's assets, including real estate, businesses, personal property, money, and any other asset considered separate property.

At Modica - Dowden, we understand how to properly handle succession matters. We know how to properly inform heirs and creditors of the succession plan and how to protect the interest of business owners dealing with succession.

While a succession can occur without a will, many people are surprised to learn that in some cases the inheritance rights of nieces and nephews supersede those of a spouse. Due to this type of relatively unanticipated state of the law in Louisiana, we strongly recommend that people have estate plans that include a will drafted by an experienced attorney.

Contact our Baton Rouge Succession Lawyers

If you have any questions about opening a succession, please contact Modica - Dowden for a free half hour initial consultation. We can be reached at 225-752-1800 or toll free at 800-834-3303, through e-mail, or by filling out the intake form on our Contact page.

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