Christie Tournet

Christie Tournet

Wills, Estates, and Probate Attorney - Mandeville, LA
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Landlord Tenant...
  • Louisiana
Review This Lawyer
Badges
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Summary

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
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Louisiana
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
Christie Tournet & Associates, LLC
- Current
Associate
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr Smith, APLC
-
Estate planning, succession, real estate, construction and employment defense
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. (2010) | Civil Law
-
Honors: Probate Highest Grade Award, LaNasa-Greco Scholarship
Placeholder image for education.
Loyola University New Orleans
B.B.A. (2003) | Economics, International Business, Spanish
-
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Placeholder image for education.
Awards
The Loyola Law Excellence Award in Probate
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Professional Associations
Louisiana State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
22nd JDC Bar
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
American Inns of Court
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
North Shore Estate Planning Council
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
128 Questions Answered

Q. Can I include in my last will and testament, that the property being bequeath not be sold
A: The only way to "control from the grave" and proscribe a beneficiary from selling/doing as they wish with a bequest, is via sanctioned restrictions: either divide ownership among usufruct and naked ownership, or it has to be put in a Trust. Best of luck.
Q. I gave my sister ownership of our parent's home years ago. Since then I have moved into the home with her
A: Technically, yes. With a Will, you can, generally, name anyone as a beneficiary to your estate. There are 2 execptions to that general rule. One, if the property is community property, each spouse can only gift his/her half share of the asset. And, the second exception applies to forced heirs. The testator's intent and bequest will still control, but a Testator cannot disinherit/leave out a forced heir, a child under 24 or a child of any age with a disability where the disability prevents the child from caring for her person/property, unless specific circumstances permitting disinhersion exists. If a forced heir exists, then, the forced heir could be due his forced portion - a share of the estate under state law. If your sister wishes to put a Will in place to bypass the default rule where her share of property would go to her son, she should discuss all these factors with a counselor well versed in estate planning and obtain a more precise recommendation to proceed. Best of luck.
Q. husband lost his parental rights around 8 years ago, 1 of the children was adopted, are they heirs to his estate?
A: Under Louisiana law, an adopted child can inherit both from the natural and the adopted parents. Also, unfortunately, there are only 2 valid will forms - a handwritten or notarial will. So, if the notarial will was not fully executed/notarized, then, it will not be considered valid and the estate may go by default, inheritance rules. Those rules vary depending upon whether your husband had community or separate property, but the children will have inheritance rights under both scenarios. You should consult with counsel local to you and well versed in probate to discuss these factors and to obtain a more precise recommendation for proceeding.
Q. Louisiana probate question regarding if will is enforceable
A: Grandchild should have claim to home given Grandfather's Will, if it is a valid Will. If Grandma had no Will, her half interest goes to her children, and to the children of any children that predeceased her. Hope that helps clarify. A succession will have to be opened to legally update the titles to all properties.
Q. Can a will be executed BEFORE the death of the person who initiated the will?
A: I'm not sure of the exact question. Often, attorneys use the word "execute" to mean to put a legal document into effect. One, drafts/puts a Will into effect by signing/executing it. A Will must be put in place by the Testator before the Testator passes, or loses mental capacity. However, a court only gives legal effect to the will/or probates the Will upon someone passing. To open succession, we must provide the court with a death certificate and copy of a valid Will, if any. Hope this helps clarify your issue.
Q. If the now deceased, added a stepchild to their bank account, does that person have rights to spend after death?
A: The way to attempt to put a halt on misuse of funds and determine inheritance -either by a valid Will or default intestacy laws is to open succession.
Q. My husband passed away in May and we did not have any children. He left everything to me in the will.
A: Yes, the succession is the legal process to update all titles from his name, or your and his name, to your name alone by virtue of the Will. Without the succession, and the end judgment permitting the transfer of ownership, a cloud on the title will remain and you will not be able to sell until you complete the succession. Reach out to counsel well versed in probate to discuss the Will and your specific circumstances to get a more precise recommendation for proceeding.
Q. Is there a statute of limitations in Louisiana on using the small estate affidavit? My g-father died intestate in 1945.
A: No. La CCP Art 3421 defines a small succession as one where a La resident that has passed, without a will, has an estate valued at $125k or less. However, the small succession can also be used for a succession of any value, where a Decedent passed more than 20 years prior to the Affidavit. Still, the Affidavit must meet certain requirements - no Will and only certain intestate heirs can make the Affidavit. So, you will still need to get with a counselor well versed in its form to complete.
Q. Can I take a previous landlord to court in order to have a collection on my credit report removed?
A: If you have those notices, timeline, and notice of non payment for days where you could not live in the apartment, I would submit to the landlord, or whatever collection agency may have reported, to contest the reporting and to advise that the report is without merit, as you have evidence supporting the non working a/c and the inability to live in the apartment without a/c. Request removal within a time delay. If that does not happen, then, you may have to proceed with litigation.
Click here to see all answers
Contact & Map
1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
USA
Telephone: (985) 951-2177