A: What needs to be done to sell the home depends on the value and whether title to the property is clear of liens and debts. The will must be filed with the court for acceptance (to determine its validity) and If there are no mortgages on the home and no debts of the estate, you could either sell the home while the succession is open or wait until the succession is closed and you are put into possession and sell as the owner. There are other factors to consider, was this community property? is the value of the succession less than $125,000 so the succession would be considered a small succession?
A: Unfortunately, the handwritten will not be accepted by a court. A handwritten will must be dated and signed by the person making the will. However, if your husband has siblings or his dad's spouse is still alive, they may be willing to donate their interest to him. In addition, Louisiana does not usually recognize a claim by a child for taking care of a parent. Such action is considered one of the obligations children owe to their parents and parents owe to their children.