The property could remain in the deceased's estate indefinitely if no one legalizes the will. Another key aspect of the legalization of successions is that it gives definitive status to creditors' claims against the deceased's estate. As long as the personal representative gives due notice and processes all valid claims properly when the estate is closed, creditors lose the ability to collect from the estate or the beneficiaries of the estate. However, without the legalization of successions, the estate remains open and creditors can continue to request payment of the debts incurred by the deceased during his lifetime.
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