A Primer on Natural and Juridical Persons in Louisiana

Monica Hof Wallace

This Article is the first in a series of primers on Louisiana Family Law. The Louisiana Civil Code of 1870, as amended to date, operates as the primary source of law, with other ancillary statutes and codes on particular subject matters. The law of personality begins Book I of the Civil Code in pure civilian tradition—the orderly introduction into being as either a natural or juridical person. As unique as its heritage, Louisiana’s laws on personality outline what some may view as elementary, but necessarily form the foundation of personhood from which all rights and duties follow. Read more


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