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Louisiana Last Will and Testament

"Just calling a document a “Last Will and Testament” does not make it valid under Louisiana law. Louisiana has specific requirements that must be satisfied before a document will be considered a valid Louisiana will. . ." Under current law, there are only two forms of wills under Louisiana law: the notarial testament and the olographic testament (called a holographic testament in other states). In order for either type of will to be valid, it must either: Meet the requirements of Louisiana law (discussed below); Meet the requirement of the law of the state (other than Louisiana) where the will was executed at the time that the will was executed; Meet the requirements of the law where the tes

Two Forms of Louisiana Wills: Part 2 - The Notarial Testament

Paul Rabalais YouTube Video In the other post to this two-part series, we discussed the ins and outs of the olographic testament in Louisiana. In this post we address the more common type of testament: the notarial testament. Mainly since the olographic testament has the requirement that it be written entirely in the hand of the testator, notarial testaments are more common. Notarial testaments are generally type written and computer generated, typically by an attorney. There are strict formality requirements that must be met for a notarial testament to be deemed valid by a judge in the proper state court. All notarial testaments must be in writing and dated. And the following requirements m

Two Forms of Louisiana Wills: Part 1 - The Olographic Testament

Paul Rabalais Youtube Video In Louisiana, there are only two forms of valid Wills (known by our Louisiana law as “testaments.” The two forms are: olographic and notarial. This post addresses the less popular olographic (some people refer to it as an “holographic” Will). When we discuss whether a handwritten Will is valid, we must look to the terms of the Louisiana statute that defines and olographic testament. Note that there are many, many court cases where lawyers have argued, and judges have determined, whether someone’s handwritten attempt at a Will is valid, and if so, how it should be interpreted. Nonetheless, our Louisiana law states that “An olographic testament is one entirely writt

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