The purpose of this post is to walk you through the detailed steps of getting an executor of a Louisiana Succession confirmed. Once confirmed by the court, the executor can then access accounts of the decedent, sell Succession assets, and have other powers that enable the executor to start the process of settling an estate.
Just being named as an executor in a Will does not give the named executor the authority to act. They must first go through the process of getting confirmed by a court. The following are the steps to getting an executor confirmed:
(1) Must have the original last will and testament - the one that was actually signed. The will names the executor.
(2) A petition to probate the Will and ask the judge to confirm the executor.
(3) The executor will sign a Verification of the above-mentioned Petition.
(4) Two people who knew the deceased will each sign an Affidavit of Death, Domicile, and Heirship. This proves to a judge that the deceased died and that he had a Will and whether the deceased had forced heirs.
(5) The executor signs an Oath that they will faithfully perform their duties as executor.
(6) We will prepare and file and submit the court order that we want the judge to sign confirming that the executor has been confirmed.
(7) We will prepare Letters of Independent Executorship. The clerk of court will make several certified copies. The executor needs certified copies of these Letters to move frozen financial accounts into an estate account.
(8) We have the named executor sign an Application for Tax ID Number. This number is necessary so that the executor can open an estate account.
So we file all the court pleadings and we wait - often a few weeks - for the court pleadings to be processed. We get it back and get certified copies of the Letters to the newly confirmed executor. And we are off and running.
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