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Successions, Probate & Estate Administration Attorney
in Welsh, Louisiana

The laws of Louisiana regarding the transfer of property to your heirs after your death are different from other U.S. states. The transfer process, also known as succession or probate, can be complicated and take considerable time. An experienced attorney, such as Charles Bull, can help you open a succession, administer and settle your loved one’s estate without costly or time-wasting mistakes or unnecessary litigation.

What is Succession?

Succession proceedings are filed to settle the estate of a deceased person and transfer the estate property to the surviving heirs after debts are paid. Other reasons for opening a succession include:

  • Transfer real estate owned by the deceased

  • Limit the liability for the debts of the deceased

  • Resolve legal claims of the deceased

  • Manage property inherited by minors or stepchildren

  • Manage the affairs of a business owned by the deceased.

What is Probate?

If your loved one passes away without an estate plan, or if their will becomes disputed, their assets will enter probate. Probate is a court-supervised proceeding that will determine how your loved one's assets will be distributed. At the Law Offices of Charles Bull, I will help you navigate the complex world of Louisiana probate law. I will advocate for you and strive to see that your rights and the wishes of your departed loved one are honored by the court. I am proud to serve the Welsh, Lousiana community, and the surrounding areas of Crowley, Jennings, Iowa, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how my services can provide peace of mind.

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What is Estate Administration?

Suppose someone owns assets located in the state of Louisiana, and that person passes away. In that case, the death certificate, the will (if there is one), and the person’s estate holdings must be passed through succession or probate before any distribution of the assets can occur. When legal disputes arise, the court may appoint an administrator to collect and inventory assets, manage assets, inventory creditor claims, and pay the deceased’s debts. For each step taken, the full administrator must obtain court approval.

If all of the heirs agree, the court can change the court's full administration to an independent administration so that the heirs can choose an estate administrator of their choosing that doe not require the court's approval for every step taken. An independent estate administrator can reduce succession expenses and delays in resolving estate issues and property distribution.

I have more than 45 years of experience in estate administration, and I leverage that experience to get the desired results for my clients. I will listen to you to find out your concerns and what is most important to you. I’ll answer all your questions in an easy-to-understand manner. If you decide to move forward, I will work with you to open a succession and develop an estate administration plan to ease your grief and move through the probate process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Secure a Trustworthy Attorney in Welsh

At the Law Offices of Charles Bull, I am committed to providing you with sound, sensible legal insight, and preparation of legal arrangements. My services include estate administration, estate planning, successions, probate, trusts, and wills. Schedule an appointment with me today to learn more. I will work with you to help you deal with any legal issues that may have arisen prior to or during the succession proceeding. You shouldn't have to worry about a legal battle when you're grieving the loss of a loved one. Let a skilled attorney take care of any issues that need untangling. While we are located in Welsh, Lousiana, I also extend my services to Crowley, Jennings, Iowa, Lafayette, and Lake Charles.