New Orleans Family Law Attorney
Preparing Wills and Succession Planning
Camille Patti is a New Orleans Family Law Attorney who can handle wills and succession proceedings with grace, compassion and professionalism. Many New Orleans families have no established will in place, leaving their family at the mercy of the laws of intestate succession when a loved one dies.
Camille believes in providing every family the information and legal support they need to establish a last will and testament to prepare for the future. When you need a knowledgeable attorney to help you with wills and successions in New Orleans, Camille Patti is a trustworthy guide.
Your Last Will and Testament
Every person needs a legal last will and testament to record their final wishes, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated or expensive. Attorney Camille Patti can help families and individuals avoid the pitfalls and complexities of not having a detailed will in place. Her knowledge and advice empower you to make the best decisions regarding your final wishes for assets and other matters.
In our digital age, far too many people choose to use a generic downloadable will document from the internet as their last will and testament. This is a serious mistake, as there are strict rules for notarial testaments in Louisiana and courts may declare such a will invalid and unenforceable if it violates the form requirements of a notarial will or is otherwise contrary to Louisiana law.
Other pitfalls New Orleans families can often encounter include:
- Multiple conflicting wills
- Questionable changes to a will
- Accusations of undue influence over the will
- Disputes among beneficiaries
- Absence of a written will
A properly executed will can prevent many disputes and questions during the succession process. Moreover, if you die without a will, the laws of intestate succession determine how your assets are distributed, which may go against your wishes and cannot be disputed.
Succession in Louisiana
When a person dies with or without a will in Louisiana, the estate must be administered through the succession process to determine what happens to the decedent’s assets. This process is much smoother when a legally executed will is in place. Family Law Attorney Camille Patti can help you craft a secure and detailed will that includes all the custom measures you require for your final instructions.
The exact succession process will depend on whether or not a will is recorded and the size of the decedent’s estate. Family members must open the proper type of succession to conclude the decedent’s financial affairs. Camille Patti can provide invaluable services at this time to protect your family’s rights, guide your choices and decisions during an emotional time and help move the process along without delays.
While your family grieves, Camille can handle the legal details involving succession, including:
- Verifying and securing assets
- Verifying and paying debts
- Paying estate taxes
- Locating beneficiaries
- Distributing assets
- Closing accounts
A Trusted and Affordable Family Law Attorney in New Orleans
Many New Orleans families avoid estate planning issues because of cost; but cloudy or unclear final wishes can cost your family even more. Camille Patti believes in serving her clients with affordable legal services. Your reasonable investment now is money well spent for your family’s secure future. She is pleased to discuss costs for her legal services during your initial consultation, after determining your specific needs.