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A Guide to Advance Directives and Power of Attorney on Mental Health Treatment and Mental Health Law. Mental Health Law is a specialized set of laws that can be found in the Louisiana Revised Statues (La. R.S. 28:1-28:213). It does not contain a specific definition for mental illness, but does define a “Mentally ill person” as any person with a psychiatric disorder which has substantial adverse effects on his/her ability to function and who requires care and treatment.
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This Guided Assistant tool can help you: (1) determine if you qualify for a Small Succession, and if so, (2) complete the paperwork required to file a Louisiana Small Succession Affidavit. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.
A small succession affidavit is for collection of personal property and allows the rightful heir(s) to claim a person’s estate if they did not make a will. A small estate affidavit allows the estate to bypass the probate process which involves going to court to figure out who gets what. If no one objects to the small estate filing, then the filing party will receive the assets and property of the estate, less any debts owed by the person who died (decedent).