After a loved one dies, you want to settle his estate as quickly and efficiently as possible. Many people turn to professionals for help to avoid succession complications or problems. When to use a notary vs. a lawyer

In Louisiana, you may decide between hiring a notary public or an attorney to help you with your succession needs. Notary publics who are not attorneys must pass a test given by the courts to show that they are proficient in legal matters that are within the scope of their authority. Louisiana notary publics can do things that notary publics can’t do in many other states. In Louisiana, they can:

  • Create and execute affidavits
  • Help with small successions
  • Help with other legal written, contractual, or transactional needs

A Louisiana Succession Attorney Can Do Even More

While there is a lot that a notary can do for you, there are three essential things that a succession attorney can do that a notary public cannot. Specifically, a lawyer can:

  • Provide you with a legal opinion
  • Give you legal advice and lay out and advise you of your succession options
  • Represent you in court

Our lawyers can help get your succession case moving and resolved as quickly as possible, even when things are complicated. If you have a dispute with a family member, if you can’t find your loved one’s original will, if the value of your loved one’s property is significant, or if other factors might complicate your loved one’s succession, we encourage you to talk to an experienced lawyer.

Each year our succession attorneys help hundreds of families throughout Louisiana. We encourage you to call us or fill out our contact form to have us contact you as soon as possible, so you can be sure that your legal rights are protected throughout the succession process.