Christie Tournet

Christie Tournet

Wills, Estates, and Probate Attorney - Mandeville, LA
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  • 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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
109 Questions Answered

Q. Sue and Joe are married ..Joe has 6 children from his first marriage and Sue has 2 children from her first marriage...
A: With community property, each spouse owns an undivided half interest in his/her own right. So, when Joe passed, only his half of the estate is at issue. But, you will need to address the Will language with a counselor well versed in probate - was the legal usufruct only confirmed? Or, was Sue granted a lifetime usufruct and does Sue have the power to alienate/dispose of property subject to the usufruct. All of these factors and your specific circumstances will need to be addressed to obtain a more precise recommendation for proceeding.
Q. Can a daughter obtain a medical (Living Will) over her mother...while being married in the State of
A: A Living Will stipulates what, if any, medical measures a person wants administered at end of life and where the person can no longer articulate those wishes and the measures only "artificially prolong" life. A Power of Attorney is a document where a principal appoints an agent to act on his/her behalf. In either scenario, the person making the decisions/appointments needs to appear.
Q. My Siblings and I inherited a small farm from our parents and in 2000 was the last contact I had with my brother
A: One, you can request a partition and the absent heir can be represented by a court appointed attorney. But, partition can be done by a division of the land or sale. Also, there La CC Art 54 permits an interested person to petition the court and have an absent person, after 5 years of being absent, declared dead. Again, you will need evidence of last known address, no contact, and other evidence, but you should contact counsel well versed in probate and local to you to obtain a more precise recommendation for your circumstances.
Q. How do I get my name added to the deed of a house willed to me? Do I need to go through probate?
A: You must do a succession in some form. The instructions in the Will, extent of any other beneficiaries, and nature of the property, values, and any debts will dictate the correct process for proceeding in your circumstances. You will need to speak to counsel well versed in probate about these factors and to obtain a more precise recommendation for proceeding.
Q. Do heirs have to pay estate taxes on non-liquid assets?
A: If it is a Louisiana estate, Louisiana has no inheritance tax. As to Federal Estate Taxes, that threshhold is now $11M per individual, so few estates trigger that tax. Then, whether you will have to pay any income tax, or capital gains tax, depends on the nature of the inherited asset (for example, you may earn income, or have to pay taxes on certain financial accounts, or retirement accounts - depending on how they were funded). You should speak with your counsel, and your CPA, about your specific circumstances and the nature of the assets to better understand all potential tax consequences, but it is most likely, that you may not have to worry about an "estate tax."
Q. What happens if the person who was going to be the executor died and it wasn't changed?
A: Depends. First query, is administration even needed? If not, you may not need to worry about appointing an Executor. Then, if the Will does not name an alternate or Successor, then another interested party/beneficiary can petition the court to become the Executor of the Will.
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.
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1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
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Telephone: (985) 951-2177