We started handling a Louisiana succession this week. A young lady called on Monday, her father passed away on Friday. Tuesday, she and her sister were in here signing the paperwork to have one of the sisters appointed as the independent administrator.
When we first talked to them on Monday we asked if dad had a will and the daughter said yes, he had a handwritten will. She read it to me but then she told me the original was stolen so all she had to work off of was a photocopy.
That handwritten will, in Louisiana, if you do it right it does allow for hand written wills. But since this one was stolen, we have to treat it as if there were no will. Fortunately, the copy of the will said everything went to the two children and since he died without a will everything went to the two children.
So since the original will was lost, that’s a little bit unique. We had to treat it as if there were no will, and then start the process when there’s no will, of having the court appoint what’s called an independent administrator who’s in charge of doing all the work necessary to get everything divided up among the children.
So if you have questions about that, perhaps someone passed away and you don’t know whether their will was valid and you’re in charge of handling that for your family, we provide the legal services to you as either the administrator, if there’s no will, or the executor. If you are the executor of the will we like to get that done fast, quick, and easy and communicate that information to all of the people involved so it really enriches those relationships of those involved.So if you have questions about that you can call our office toll free 866-491-3884. Have a good one.