Louisiana Small Estate Affidavit

The small estate affidavit in Louisiana did not come into effect until 2009, and changed further in 2011 to remove restrictions on what type of property qualified as real estate. Now, successors may file a small estate affidavit to collect the decedent’s personal property as long as the estate values less than $125,000. The Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure determines the details of small estate affidavits under articles 3421, 3431, 3432, 3432.1, and 3434.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – Enter the following into the form:

  • Header – Enter Superior Court (See List)
  • Name of Decedent
  • Date of Birth
  • Case Number
  • Check the three (3) boxes depending on your situation
  • Date and Sign
  • Verification – On the last page you will be required to verify that everything you have stated is true and accurate

Step 3 – Obtain a notarized copy of the death certificate, and file the form with the proper clerk or courthouse.