Making a Will and Estate Plan

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This category covers plans that a person can make for what will happen with their property and responsibilities after they die. It includes topics of how property will be divided among spouses, family members, and other interested parties -- and how wills can be written in valid ways in order to spell out a specific plan.

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Calculating Estate Value And How To Create A Descriptive List

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.

Debts And Successions

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.

Dying Without A Will - Intestate Successions

This resource covers the law of intestacy or what happens to a person's estate when they die without a will.

Estate Planning For A Beneficiary With A Disability

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.

Heirship In Successions

If a person dies without a will, i.e. intestate, then the estate gets distributed according to Louisiana law. How property gets divided intestate is 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.

Inheritance And Estate Transfer Taxes In Successions

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.

Inheriting An Interest In A Lease

This guide discusses the basic rights and responsibilities of people who inherit an interest in a lease. It includes information for both people who inherit an interest as a renter and a landlord.

Navigating A Louisiana General Property Succession

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.

Navigating Louisiana's Small Succession Affidavit

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.

Protect Your Property: Heir Property In Louisiana

How homeowners can build wealth and protect their assets

Public Benefits And Effects On Inheritances In Successions

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.

Small Succession Guided Assistant

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 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.


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.

Successions Dictionary

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.

Understanding Property Under Louisiana Law

This resource covers information about types of property under Louisiana law. It includes information about what a property owner might own under each type.


This information goes over wills in Louisiana. A will is a legal document that outlines how a person's assets and property will be distributed after their death.

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