When a deceased person’s estate includes property in a foreign country, it may be necessary to open an international ancillary succession in order to transfer that property to the heirs. This is true whether the deceased person is a United States citizen with property in Argentina, Costa Rica or any other foreign country; or is a foreign national with property in the U.S.
These can be very complex situations that require the services of a lawyer with extensive international experience and a firm understanding of the laws of succession in both locations. In addition, an international ancillary succession may have to be authenticated pursuant to the Hague Convention.
When an estate includes property in a foreign country, it can be extremely helpful to have an attorney who is familiar with the legal processes and the legal community in that country. At Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, we maintain professional connections with attorneys throughout Central and South America, Spain and other European countries, Africa and Asia. Our attorneys’ fluency in Spanish allows us to deal directly with authorities in Latin America, and we are willing to travel anywhere in the world if it is necessary to protect our clients’ interests.
A much more common situation arises when the estate of a deceased Louisiana resident includes property elsewhere in the U.S., or when a deceased resident of Texas or another state owns property in Louisiana.
The attorneys of Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson can offer sound legal guidance and experienced representation in these matters and can help heirs and successors ensure that their rights—and their loved ones’ wishes—are respected in any jurisdiction.
At Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, our attorneys have generations of clients in New Orleans, across the country and around the globe with estate planning and probate matters that are governed by Louisiana law. Contact us to discuss any interstate or international ancillary succession issue.