Can I Have A Verbal Will In Louisiana?

The simple answer is no. You cannot have a verbal will in Louisiana. I can’t tell you the number of times potential clients have told me that their parent wanted them to have a particular thing or to get everything. Regardless of how loud and clear the decedent is during their lifetime, verbal statements will have no legal effect when the decedent dies.

If a person wants their child to get a particular thing or wants that child to get a larger amount, it is necessary for that person to execute a valid legal will. Otherwise, the verbal intent of the decedent will not be able to be enforced by a court.

Another very common practice in Louisiana is when a person puts name tags under furniture to designate who is going to get that item when the decedent dies. Likewise, this is not a valid form of a will recognized in Louisiana and will not be enforced in the courts.

If you have any questions about wills, you should consult an experienced estate planning attorney.