Dealing With Another Person's Estate After They Die
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This category covers the options and responsibilities of people who must deal with another's death, and how property is divided up, wills are carried through, or other decisions are made about the person's property and responsibilities. This includes possibly contesting a will or division of property, and what happens when a person dies without a will.
This resource covers the process of calculating the value of an estate and creating a descriptive list of all assets in the estate. This information can be used as part of the documents needed to file a succession.
This resource is about when a person dies, how creditors can hold the estate responsible for paying outstanding debts. Creditors may be able to collect payment for outstanding debts of beneficiaries from the distributions they get or from the executor/administrator for the estate.
This resource covers the law of intestacy or what happens to a person's estate when they die without a will. This covers the law to determine whether a successor has the right to inherit. It also covers what family or partner relationships affect this division. This resource covers the division of an estate under different kinds of marriage. In Louisiana, the presumption is community property.
This category covers issues that a person might face when drafting their estate plans if one of their children or other beneficiaries has disabilities. This includes how to transfer assets in ways that do not harm that beneficiary's ability to receive public benefits and other support. It also includes how to ensure that the beneficiary will have long-term support for health and care costs.
If a person dies without a will, i.e. intestate, then the estate gets distributed according to Louisiana law. How property gets divided intestate gets based on the classification of the property. Then the order of succession determines how the property gets left to relatives. This resource goes over the laws that relate to how property gets divided intestate. It includes what the order of succession might be if a person dies without a will.
This provides information on the Homestead Exemption for property taxes in Louisiana.
This resource covers how estate and inheritance taxes affect a decedent's estate. This covers how estate and/or inheritance taxes might get calculated and paid out of the estate. It also covers what deductions and benefits might reduce the taxes owed.
This resource discusses how a person's assets and property are handled and distributed after their death, specifically in cases where the estate is valued at $125,000 or more, a situation referred to as a general property succession. It outlines how the belongings are passed down to heirs or beneficiaries.
This resource goes over Louisiana's Small Succession Affidavit process, which can be used to handle and distribute the assets of a decedent. The decedent must have died without a will. The estate must also be of value of $125,000 or less. The legal process allows an heir to bypass probate, which involves going to court. It allows the transfer of estate property and assets by a less complicated procedure.
Many individuals who live with a disability or receive help from governmental programs. This may include Medicaid and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). This goes over information about inheritances that a beneficiary might get as a large sum. This resource goes over access to governmental programs the beneficiary received after an inheritance.
This resource helps you understand topics like successions and wills, what happens to someone's things after they die, and other issues about estates. It gives information on how to manage the transfer of belongings or assets after a person's death. Use this to learn how to deal with these issues easily and effectively.
A plain-language guide to legal terms, definitions, and processes used in understanding successions in Louisiana. This includes legal issues around wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and other estate/succession issues families deal with. Click on each term to see a summary of the definition. Find links to greater in-depth information explaining more complicated issues in successions.