La. C. C. art. 1469- A donation mortis causa is an act to take effect at the death of the donor by which he disposes of the whole or part of his property. A donation mortis causa is revocable during the lifetime of the donor.
A testament is a person’s ability to dispose of their property that takes effect upon their death. Many people do not plan for the end of their life. A testament is a way to ensure their wishes are known and it allows for the normal order of an Intestate Succession to be changed.
La. C. C. art. 1576- A notarial testament is one that is executed in accordance with the formalities of Articles 1577 through 1580.1. As a non-attorney notary I am unable to provide you with legal advice—I cannot tell you what you “should” do. This requires the notary to be an attorney. For most people, they simply know what they want and how they want it. A non-attorney notary is allowed to answer questions that you may have as it relates to the preparation of the testament.
The process is simple however does require an appointment. Under ordinary circumstances it is a two part process: