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Let our team of succession and estate attorneys help you with your estate legal needs.  We service all parishes in Louisiana and have helped hundreds of families in Louisiana and across the country with their estate issues here in Louisiana. Call us today to find out how we can help you.

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Dealing with an estate after someone passes can be difficult.  Like most people, you may not know where to begin.  You need straightforward answers to questions like who will inherit and what happens to property and debts.

You may be facing uncooperative or aggressive family members who want to control the estate. You need to know what your legal rights are and how to protect yourself.

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Call us to schedule a free phone consultation and let us answer your questions and guide you through the probate process.  We can give you straightforward answers and make recommendations as to quickest and most cost effective way to handle estate issues.

We have a team of experienced probate attorneys ready to help. Successions and Probate are what we do! Call Now (504) 500-1111.

What to Expect When Working With Us

Step 1 - Call us to schedule a free phone consultation.  Our scheduling operators are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Step 2 - During phone consultation we will analyse your legal issues and make recommendations as to the most cost effective and expeditious manner to accomplish your end goal. We will also discuss legal costs and fee arrangements. Most phone consultations are completed in 15-20 minutes.

Step 3 - After the consultation, if you would like to retain us, we will email or mail you our retainer package for you to review and complete.

Step 4 - Once we are retained we will begin work on your file. Most routine successions matters are completed in 3-4 weeks.


(504) 500-1111


Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC  -  Scott Law Group, LLC
909 Poydras St., Suite 1100
New Orleans, LA  70112

Brad P. Scott - Estate and Probate Attorney

Common Successions and Probate Questions 


Question: What is a Succession?

A “succession” is a legal process for wrapping up the financial affairs of a deceased person (decedent). Generally, the process involves identifying and gathering the assets of the decedent, paying the debts of the decedent, and then distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries...

Bank Account & Wages

Question: My spouse just passed away. I need to access money from the bank accounts to pay bills and funeral expenses. Can I access the accounts now, or do I have to wait for a succession to be finished in order to get access to the funds?

Fortunately, Louisiana law provides a few quick, non-judicial, ways to access funds in bank
accounts after the death of a parent or spouse. These procedures are useful in order to obtain immediate access to funds held on deposit in the event money is needed to pay bills or funeral expenses immediately following the death of a loved one...

Deceased Spouse’s Debt

Question: Am I responsible for my deceased wife’s credit card bills? The cards were only in her name but the credit card companies keep calling me for payment. Do I have to pay the bills in her name?

This issue sometimes arises after the death of a spouse, when the surviving spouse starts going  through the mail and discovers for the first time that their deceased spouse had credit cards or other debts they did not know about. Many times the amounts owed on these bills have high balances which the surviving spouse simply cannot afford to pay. The surviving spouse quickly becomes concerned whether or not he or she is liable for the debt the deceased spouse left behind...

Estate Real Estate

Question: I need to sell real estate that has been in my family for generations.
The title company says I need to open succession for my parents in order to be able to sell it. What does this mean and how long will it take?

We get this question often. The typical situation that is presented is that the client has a home or real estate that has been in the family and has simply been passed down. Their grandparents may have originally bought the property, and after they passed away the client’s parents began using the house. The client is now taking care of the property because their parents have now passed away...

Legal Jargon

Succession - the legal process by which property is transferred from a decedent to the heirs

Estate -the term used to describe the mass of assets and liabilities that someone has when they die

Decedent - the term for the person who has passed away

Probate - the process of presenting a Last Will & Testament to a court to be recognized

Testate - the term for the type of succession when the decedent has a Last Will & Testament

Intestate - the term for the type of succession when the decedent did not have a Last Will & Testament

Heir - the term for the person that inherits from the decedent in an intestate succession

Legatee - the term for the person that inherits from the decedent in a testate succession

Executor - the term for the person that the court approves to handle a testate succession

Administrator - the term for the person that the court approves to handle an intestate succession