Some states call it a "Probate." In Louisiana, we call it a "Succession." Whatever you call it, it's the process of getting an estate settled.
Some states have "Probate Courts." Louisiana does not. A probate court typically would have judge that would only only matters related to the settling of an estate.
In Louisiana, all of our district court judges must not only handle succession matters, but they must handle all other civil law matters such as family law (divorce and custody), personal injury law, business law, contract law, worker's compensation law, and much, much more.
It appears that many of our judge's are overworked and must be experts in many different areas of our vast Louisiana law. Perhaps it would make sense if we had probate courts or succession courts that had judges who were experts in that one area of the law. Perhaps justice would be quick and equitable in more instances.
What do you think? Feel free to comment.