A Louisiana Last Will and Testament is a document that an individual, formally referred to as a Testator, would use to ensure that their wishes in regards to their estate are legally declared and will be enforced after they pass away. In Louisiana, these documents are enforced by Louisiana Code 1570. These statutes dictate that a Testator must be over the age of 18, of sound mind, and have the ability to generally comprehend and understand the agreement. Additionally, these statutes will allow a Testator to create an Oral Will, but only under certain limitations. The state will recognize Written Wills, formally known as Holographic Wills, as long as they are written entirely by the Testator.
In order to complete one of these documents, the first thing that a Testator will need to provide is their full name and address. After they provide this information, they will name an Executor to carry out the responsibilities of the will. Next, the Testator will declare who their beneficiaries are and what each will receive. If the Testator intends to disinherit someone, this information will also be provided in this section. Once all the information has been provided, the Testator, along with his or her two (2) witnesses, and the document may then be able to take effect.