A succession should be opened as soon as practicable after the decedent’s death. Sometimes, it is necessary to immediately open successions to use the decedent’s bank accounts or assets to pay funeral or medical bills.
Delay in opening a succession may cause problems. Often, successors wait many years to open a succession. As a result, they may run into problems such as lost documents or wills or face tax sales of homes for unpaid taxes.
Also, waiting too many years to open a succession may make a succession more complicated and expensive. This is especially true with the passing of generations when the co-heirs lose contact with each other or die.