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Experience:  Experienced in Trust and Succession Law, including Louisiana Laws
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My wife passed away and I need to know if I am obligated by

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My wife passed away and I need to know if I am obligated by law to probate the will
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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If there are any assets in her name, including bank accounts, car titles, deeds, and also if there are any beneficiaries in the will other than yourself, then all estates need to be probated by law.
If there is no property in her name and no other heir besides you, then most people never probate the estate/will, despite what the laws say that they are supposed to do so. The only time this becomes an issue is if there is a car title, house deed or some type of account with her name on it and you would need probate to be able to do anything with those.