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Interdiction is a way to legally protect a person who cannot make reasoned decisions regarding his or her person or property. If a court changes a person’s legal status to an interdict, that person loses certain rights to take care of him/herself and his/her property. The interdict’s right to contract, right to marry, and right to vote are also lost. The court will appoint someone to assume certain responsibilities. Options that are less restrictive than interdiction are preferred by the court, if available.The procedure is only used if there is not a less restrictive way to protect the interests of the effected person. 

This LibGuide will provide:

  • basic information about interdiction in Louisiana;
  • basic information on the legal process of interdiction; and
  • resources for additional information and services.

What this libguide cannot do:

  • Provide a full and complete guide to interdiction;
  • Provide a printable form to complete; or
  • Replace the advice of an attorney. 

You have a right to represent yourself in court, but it comes with the responsibility to follow certain court rules and procedures.This guide focuses on giving the reader basic information on interdiction in Louisiana based on Louisiana law. 

This libguide is still in development and the information is not guaranteed to be accurate. For additional resources and/or to find assistance in your parish, visit


The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of North Louisiana. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.