We work with some great families getting estates settled after the death of a loved one. Occasionally we are asked, "Is a Succession really necessary if someone dies with a Will and they are clear about who the heirs are?" Sometimes they ask, "Can't we just take my Dad's Will and a death certificate to the bank and ask the bank to give us Dad's money?"
Well it does not work like that. A Succession is necessary even though the deceased left a Will when there are assets titled in the name of the deceased. The Will is filed at the courthouse along with a number of customized Succession documents including the detailed list of assets and debts, petitions, and a Judgment.
If the judge's office determines that all of the procedural rules have been followed, the judge will sign a Judgment of Possession which orders banks and others to transfer assets from the name of the deceased to the heirs named in the Will and in the Judgment of Possession.
We work with phenomenal families from all 64 Louisiana parishes in order to get estates settled. The fact that we embrace technology in our office allows us to get this done in lickety split, keeping suriviving heirs from suffering through delays and other stresses.