Louisiana wills.

There are two types of wills in Louisiana, the notarial will and the olographic will. The olographic will can be written on any sheet of paper, even a napkin, but it must strictly conform to the requirements of the statute.

It must be¬†entirely “written, dated, and signed in the handwriting” of you- the testator. At the very end of your will you must sign it and preferably date it. Everything written in your handwriting before your signature will be a completely valid will (in most cases but remember our tacit agreement page).

Remember, you have to follow the statute exactly as written. Any small changes could end up in the will being entirely or partially disregarded. There are several cases that have held that where the olographic will does not conform exactly to the statute, it will be disregarded. Just one example is a First Circuit case where a will was entirely typed and then signed at the bottom, the court held it was not a valid olographic will.

One more thing, if you decide to write an olographic will even dating the document can be tricky. Slash dates, such as 4/7/2011 are not suggested, since it is uncertain if it was written in July or in April. Check out our example olographic will on our forms page.

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