Louisiana Last Will and Testament Template

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A Louisiana Last Will and Testament is a legal document, written by a testator (the person who is creating their will), in order to clearly set forth instructions on how they wish to distribute their estate upon death. Some of the many arrangements that can be stipulated on a will include the transfer of fiduciary assets, life insurance, digital property, as well as real estate and personal property. Through making a will, a testator can assure their property/assets will be properly managed after their death and dispersed among the intended family, friends, and even organizations. All individuals who shall receive a portion of the testator’s estate can be named on the document as beneficiaries; specific details can also be included regarding the inheritance of certain property. In order to satisfy legal requirements in Louisiana, a will must be signed by two (2) witnesses who have attested the testator’s signature. In addition, a will must be notarized by a state-authorized individual and registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.

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Laws

Definition – (LA Civil Code 1575) – “Will” is a hand-written testament, which is only valid if it is entirely written, dated, and signed by the testator.

Signing Requirements (Art. 1577) – Two (2) or more competent Witnesses AND a Notary. Each page must be signed.

StatutesLA Civil Code 1570

Registration Procedures (RS 9:2446) – Use This Form and send along with $10 (payable to the Secretary of State) to register a signed will by sending it to the following address: Secretary of State, P. O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125.

(Video) How to Make a Will in Louisiana

How to Write

Step 1 – Establishment of the Testator -Write or type the full legal name of the testator (the person for whom the will is being established) at the top of the document. You would then enter the following information:

  • Name of Testator
  • City of Residence
  • County of Residence
  • Testator must carefully review the remainder of the paragraph as well as the Expenses and Taxes section

Step 2 – Nomination and Appointment of Personal Representative (Executor)–

  • Enter the full legal name of the executor
  • Name of executor’s city
  • County
  • State

Alternate Executor – just in the event the initial representative becomes unable or unwilling to serve as the initial chosen representative to the estate

  • Enter the full legal name of the alternate executor
  • Name of executor’s city
  • County
  • State

Step 3 – Disposition of Property to Beneficiaries –

1 st Beneficiary 

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of their SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed
  • AND

2nd Beneficiary –

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed
  • AND

3d Beneficiary –

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed

The Testator must review the remaining information pertaining to how property is distributed in the event any member of their group of beneficiaries pre-decease the testator.

Step 4 – Testator must carefully review the following sections prior to any application of signatures:

  • Omission
  • Bond
  • Discretionary Powers of Personal Representative A through K
  • Contesting Beneficiary
  • Guardian Ad Litem  Not Required
  • Gender
  • Assignment
  • Governing Law
  • Binding Arrangement

Step 5 – Signatures/Witnesses – All signatories must be present prior to any signing of this documentation. Enter the following:

  • Enter the testator’s name
  • Date of testator’s signature in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Testator Signature
  • Testator (Printed Name)

Witnesses – The witnesses must review the brief statement –

  • Date the document in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the name of the testator

Witness 1 – 

  • Witness Signature
  • Address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness Signature
  • Address

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – All parties must review the affidavit and complete the following:

  • State
  • County
  • Name of testator
  • Name of Witness 1
  • Name of Witness 2
  • AND ENTER
  • Testator Signature
  • Witness 1 Signature
  • Witness 2 Signature

Step 7 – Notarization – As the notary public has witnessed all signatures they shall complete the remainder of the document and authenticate it by affixing their commission and state seal.

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