Hey, I’m often asked whether an executor of a Louisiana succession or probate must be a Louisiana resident and the answer is no. I’m working with a family right now out of Washington and their father died. He lived in Louisiana, but all of the children live out of the state. So the question they had was can an executor live out of the state? The answer is yes, but there are a couple of rules that apply specifically to out of state executors.
One, is an out of state executor must appoint someone in Louisiana as what’s called their registered agent for service of process and the reason for that is if the executor ever gets sued, the out of state executor must have named someone in Louisiana who can received those lawsuit papers.
That’s one factor for an out of state executor; the other factor is that when they go to open the estate account, the estate account must be opened at a Louisiana bank.
That is just one Louisiana state succession rules some out of state executors would prefer to open at estate account where they live, but it needs to be a Louisiana bank. You could get smacked with a pretty hefty penalty for not compiling with that rule.
So be aware of that, an out of state person can be an executor If you have any questions about becoming an executor of a succession or an Louisiana probate we handle those in all of the 64 Louisiana parishes. We would be happy to talk to you about it, give us a call at 866-491-3884. Have a great day!