Christie Tournet

Christie Tournet

Wills, Estates, and Probate Attorney - Mandeville, LA
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Landlord Tenant...
  • Louisiana
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With extensive experience in real estate and business management, Christie Tournet & Associates is the consummate business, estate planning, and successions/probate firm. Christie views legal issues through a unique lens and becomes a trusted legal and business adviser.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Louisiana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
Christie Tournet & Associates, LLC
- Current
Associate
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr Smith, APLC
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Estate planning, succession, real estate, construction and employment defense
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. (2010) | Civil Law
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Honors: Probate Highest Grade Award, LaNasa-Greco Scholarship
Loyola University New Orleans
B.B.A. (2003) | Economics, International Business, Spanish
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Awards
The Loyola Law Excellence Award in Probate
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Professional Associations
Louisiana State Bar Association
Member
- Current
22nd JDC Bar
Member
- Current
American Inns of Court
Member
- Current
North Shore Estate Planning Council
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Louisiana New Home Warranty Act & The LREC Disclosure Form
CRES Insurance
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning, Northshore Kiwanis, mandeville, la
Northshore Kiwanis
https://issuu.com/northshorekiwanismandeville/docs/northshore_kiwanis_-_2012-13_award_
Estate Planning, Northshore Kiwanis, mandeville, la
Northshore Kiwanis
https://issuu.com/northshorekiwanismandeville/docs/northshore_kiwanis_-_2012-13_award_
Estate Planning, Northshore Kiwanis, mandeville, la
Northshore Kiwanis
Certifications
Louisiana Statewide Notary Public Commission
State of Louisiana
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Website
Legal Answers
103 Questions Answered

Q. My husband & I made wills in1970 and were living in WV. We now live in Louisiana. Are our wills still legal?
A: Yes, your Wills would likely be given full effect, as most states have "uniform Will" laws for situations like that. However, do your Wills still meet all of your needs, especially considering that Louisiana has community property law and forced heirship concerns? You should review the Will and discuss with counsel well versed in Louisiana probate, if it still meets all of your intentions and unique concerns with Louisiana law.
Q. How can we sell inherited property when 4 of the 8 heirs refuse to buy or sell?
A: You will have to administer the estate, have the court appoint someone as executor/administrator, and then get authority to sell after an offer is submitted in writing and contingent upon court approval. Then, the proceeds are split (after authority from the court, again) either by intestacy law, or terms of the Will.
Q. How long must you legally own a property in the state of Louisiana before reselling? Where is the law defining this ?
A: There is no law requiring that you hold property for a minimum time before re-selling. However, tax consequences could differ on income/capital gains. You should address that scenario, and your specific circumstances, with your CPA.
Q. 4 of 5 heirs agree to sell co-owned property per a will. Can executor sell independently & distribute funds per will?
A: Depends on how Will reads. If someone was appointed as independent executrix, then, that person can make such decisions for the estate free of court authority. If independent administration was not included in the will, then administration needs to occur, and the formal administration steps need to occur - request authority from court, show a contract is on the table, publish notice, and advise the court if any objection. Any formal, filed objection will need to be set for hearing. You should speak with counsel well versed in the probate process, if you all have not yet started formal probate. If you have counsel, discuss these options with that counselor.
Q. Does every will have to go through probate court?
A: Yes. A Will can change who receives property from the default, intestate procedure. Thus, the court must look at the Will and determine if it is valid and then address the bequests and the beneficiaries.
Q. Do you have to pay taxes on a trust?
A: Trusts can be created while the creator/settlor is living, or at death via a Last Will. The creation of the Trust, or one's becoming a beneficiary to a Trust is not necessarily a taxable event. However, with inheritance, different states have different inheritance tax laws. LA has no inheritance tax. As to the Federal Estate Tax, it is at a combined (with lifetime gifts) $11M per individual; so, few estates hit that threshold. However, once the Trust is created and its principal/assets earn any income, that income is taxed to the Trust just as any income earned by an individual would be taxed. Thus, a CPA is usually involved to assist with the annual tax return filings for the Trust. This is a simplified answer and exact, tax consequences for your specific circumstances should be discussed with a CPA .
Q. Can a landlord claim we caused damages 2 years after we moved out?
A: Not if a notice of damages with an itemized statement of the damages v. the amount of your security deposit was not initially sent by Lessor within 30 days of termination of lease.
Q. What should happen when the settlor of a trust dies?
A: The Trust document usually spells that out. Without knowing type of trust, or reviewing trust document, difficult to answer. But, generally speaking, the "Settlor" creates the trust for the beneficiaries. The trust generally continues for a specific timeline relative to the Beneficiaries, or class of beneficiaries. The fact that one of the settlors passed, should not change that over-riding concern too much. But, if you are talking about a revocable living trust and a settlor was also a beneficiary, the Trust may also soon end. You should review the trust document with legal counsel to address all these potential factors.
Q. Where do we go to start probate?
A: You'll need an attorney to assist with a judicial opening - specific pleadings and processes must be followed. You will file in the parish of the Decedent's domicile/residency.
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1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
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Telephone: (985) 951-2177