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  • in reply to: Heirship How do I submit to active succession case #4143

    This is separate property. No wife, no siblings, no children, grandparents deceased.
    1 non-blood person to receive real property and all possessions in it.
    3 blood cousins (of 30 blood cousins) receive real property and possessions on it.

    There are at least 2 outstanding insurance policies with beneficiary that predeceased decedent.

    Petition of Possession is the last document (per my understanding), to be signed and filed, has a paragraph similar to this on it that reads:

    Directing all banks, trust and insurance companies, and all other persons, partnerships, LLCs, unincorporated associations, or corps having on deposit, or in their possession, or under their control, any money, credits, royalty interests, or other property belonging to the succession of Decedent are to deliver them to the following persons in accordance with this Judgment:
    Person 1 – 1st person-listed in will – non-blood association
    Person 2 – 2nd person-listed in will-blood relative
    Person 3 – 3rd person-listed in will-blood relative
    Person 4 – 4th person listed in will-blood relative

    This person list 1-4, does not include the other 27 blood cousins. The insurance companies have not distributed the monies. The succession attorney wrote a paragraph like the one above, which only reads 4 people, 1 not being blood at all.

    Based on this example, would the insurance companies distribute the money to only person 1, or to all 4 people, or to none of the people listed? Do the other 27 1st cousins have a right to receive any of these life ins monies? This is why I asked how to make a amendment to to the original document to open the succession.

    Is the paragraph above typical in Louisiana successions?

    Please advise. Thank you.

    in reply to: Heirship How do I submit to active succession case #4138

    Yes, a succession was opened and an Affidavit of Death and Heirship was filed, stating incorrectly that the decedent had no heirs. Decedent was an only child, never married, never had children, and parents are deceased. However, there are over 30 maternal and paternal 1st cousins. A heirship of the 1st cousins was never submitted. The will list folks to receive multiple real estate property with all contents, but there might be outstanding assets (non real estate) that would be distributed to the blood cousins on an heirship list, but an heirship was never submitted.

    Now, that being said, only heirs (called “legatees” if there is a will) that would inherit are usually mentioned.

    Why wouldn’t 1st cousins, etc., not stand to inherit anything? I know of another LA succession where the proceeds of selling the family property went to a long list of 1st cousins because there was no will.

    Could the initial affidavit be amended to include the heirship?
    Specifically to life insurance policies with deceased beneficiary are suppose to go to the deceased policy holders heirs. If the executor is a “friend” of the deceased, they will just say they didn’t know about the 30 cousins without the airship list.

    What if the 30 cousins individually send notice to the court that they exist? Then the executor can’t say they did not know they exist. Is that a good work-around? Ideas, thoughts?

    Thank you in advance.

    Lawyer’s don’t seem interested in this type of case.

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