Vacant Succession Law and Legal Definition

A vacant succession refers to succession where an estate has suffered failure. A vacant succession occurs not only when an estate is vacant, but also when a heir having possession of an estate refuses to administer it. Vacant successions are administered by legal representatives and they are known as administrators of vacant successions.

The following is an example of a case law defining vacant succession:

Vacant succession is a succession in which no one claims or one where the heirs are unknown or one where known heirs have renounced it. [Succession of Brown, 214 La. 377 (La. 1948)]