Basic Louisiana Will

Basic Louisiana Will

Write a will in Louisiana quickly and easily with one form.  Though you'll probably want to draft a more extensive will in the long term, this will covers the essential steps you need to take to protect your family and your property.  For adults in Louisiana over 18 years old with or without children, this basic will can be used to:

  • appoint an executor to be in charge of winding up your affairs
  • name alternate beneficiaries to your property
  • name an adult to look after your young children if you and the other parent are unable

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Will of

 

I, , a resident of  Parish, State of Louisiana, declare that this is my will.

Revocation

I revoke all wills that I have previously made.

Marital Status

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married

I am married to .

single

I am not married.

Children

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children

I have the following natural and legally adopted children: . If I do not leave property to a child, my failure to do so is intentional.

no children

I have no children.

Disposition of Property

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specific gifts

I leave the following particular legacy(ies):

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first gift

I leave  to .

second gift

I leave  to .

third gift

I leave  to .

If any beneficiary of a shared particular legacy does not survive me, the gift shall be given to the surviving beneficiaries of that particular legacy in equal shares.

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one residuary beneficiary

I leave my residuary estate, that is, the rest of my property not otherwise specifically and validly disposed of by this will, including lapsed or failed gifts, to . If  does not survive me, I leave my residuary estate to .

more than one residuary beneficiary

I leave my residuary estate, that is, the rest of my property not otherwise specifically and validly disposed of by this will, including lapsed or failed gifts, to . If any of those beneficiaries does not survive me, I leave my residuary estate to the surviving beneficiary or beneficiaries. If none of those beneficiaries survives me, I leave my, I leave my residuary estate to .

If any beneficiary of a shared residuary gift does not survive me, that beneficiary's share of the residuary estate shall be given to the surviving residuary beneficiaries in equal shares.

no specific gifts
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one beneficiary

I leave no particular legacies. I leave my entire estate to . If  does not survive me, I leave my entire estate to .

more than one beneficiary

I leave no particular legacies. I leave my entire estate to . If any of those beneficiaries does not survive me, I leave my entire estate to the surviving beneficiary or beneficiaries. If none of those beneficiaries survives me, I leave my entire estate to .

Beneficiary Provisions

The following terms and conditions apply to the beneficiary clauses of this will.

A.  45-Day Survivorship Period. As used in this will, the phrase "survive me" means to be alive or in existence as an organization on the 45th day after my death. Any beneficiary, except any alternate residuary beneficiary, must survive me to take property under this will.

B.  Shared Legacies. If I leave property to be shared by two or more beneficiaries, it shall be shared equally by them unless this will provides otherwise.

C.  Encumbrances. All property that I leave by this will shall pass subject to any encumbrances or liens on the property.

Executor

I name  as my executor, to serve without bond. If  does not qualify or ceases to serve, I name  as executor, also to serve without bond.

I direct that my executor take all actions legally permissible to probate this will, including filing a petition in the appropriate court for the independent administration of my estate.

I grant to my executor the following powers, to be exercised as the executor deems to be in the best interests of my estate:

A. To retain property, without liability for loss or depreciation resulting from such retention.

B. To sell, lease, or exchange property and to receive or administer the proceeds as a part of my estate.

C. To vote stock; convert bonds, notes, stocks, or other securities belonging to my estate into other securities; and to exercise all other rights and privileges of a person owning similar property.

D. To deal with and settle claims in favor of or against my estate.

E. To continue, maintain, operate, or participate in any business which is a part of my estate and to incorporate, dissolve, or otherwise change the form of organization of the business.

F. To pay all debts and taxes that may be assessed against my estate, as provided under state law.

G. To do all other acts that in the executor's judgment may be necessary or appropriate for the proper and advantageous management, investment, and distribution of my estate.

These powers, authority, and discretion are in addition to the powers, authority, and discretion vested in an executor by operation of law and may be exercised as often as deemed necessary, without approval by any court in any jurisdiction.

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yes

Tutor and Undertutor

If at my death any of my children are minors and a tutor is needed, I nominate  to be appointed tutor and  to be appointed undertutor of my minor children. I direct that no bond be required of any tutor.

Keep Together

Collation

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collation

I direct that all lifetime gifts made to any of my children be subject to collation.

no collation

I direct that all lifetime gifts made to any of my children be deemed extra portions and not subject to collation.

Signature

I subscribe my name to this will this ____________ day of ______________________, _______ at ________________________________, State of Louisiana.

I declare that it is my will, that I sign it willingly, that I execute it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed, and that I am of the age of majority or otherwise legally empowered to make a will and under no constraint or undue influence.

Signature: _____________________________________________________

Attestation

In our presence the testator has declared or signified that this instrument is his testament and has signed it at the end and on each other separate page, and in the presence of the testator and each other we have hereunto subscribed our names this _______ day of _________________, _______.

 

Witness 1

Signature: _____________________________________________________
Printed name: __________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________

 

Witness 2

Signature: _____________________________________________________
Printed name: __________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________

 

Notary

Signature: _____________________________________________________
Printed name: __________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________
Bar/Notary Number: _____________________________________________

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