Need a Will?

Do I Need a Will?

Answers to common questions regarding Louisiana Probate, Succession, & Estate Law

*THE PROVISION OF THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT QUALIFY AS LEGAL ADVICE, NOR DOES IT ESTABLISH AN ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH ANY ATTORNEY AT GOFF AND GOFF. ALL ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOFF AND GOFF ARE PUT IN WRITING AND ARE GOVERNED BY THAT WRITING. The following information is provided by the Ruston estate law attorneys at Goff and Goff for general information purposes. The law changes daily and there nearly always are exceptions to every rule. Additionally, the results always change based on the particular circumstances of any given situation.

How do I make a will?

A will, which is a method of disposing of all or part of your property at death, may be made in one of several forms provided by Louisiana law.All wills are required to be in a certain format and must contain certain language before they are valid.In Louisiana, the simplest form is the “olographic will,” which is written, dated, and signed in your own handwriting and contain the legally required “buzzwords.” Other forms of wills do not have to be written out by you by hand, but do require witnesses and other legal formalities before they are valid.

BEWARE of internet sites purporting to draft valid wills for you. Louisiana law is different from all other states, and a will drafted “over the internet,” though valid in most states, may not at all be valid in Louisiana. You should always have a will reviewed by an attorney licensed in Louisiana before you rely on it.

Can anyone make a will?

Can my spouse and I make a will together?

Doesn't the law provide for the distribution of my property?

Can my will dispose of all of my property?

Are there any limitations on how I may leave my property?

Does a will increase estate expenses?

How long does a will last?

Where should I keep my will?

How much does a will cost?

How much property must I own to need a will?

How and where will my estate be handled?

What about taxes?

Are there any advantages in making a will?

After I have made a will should I change it?

How can I tell whether I should make a will?

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Source:Louisiana State Bar Association (rev. 4/84).All situations are fact specific and laws and interpretations of laws change frequently.Always seek legal advice from a lawyer relative to your specific situation before acting.*THE PROVISION OF THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT QUALIFY AS LEGAL ADVICE, NOR DOES IT ESTABLISH AN ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH ANY ATTORNEY AT GOFF AND GOFF. ALL ATTORNEY / CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOFF AND GOFF ARE PUT IN WRITING AND ARE GOVERNED BY THAT WRITING.

(The law changes daily -- the newsletters, articles, and other information on this site may contain outdated information and should NOT be construed as legal advice or relied upon without confirmation as to their accuracy after legal consultation.

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