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
  • 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
122 Questions Answered

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.
Q. Can a surviving spouse claim full ownership of home and sell or donate it if there is no will for deceased partner, La.?
A: Depends on several factors - was the home community property and did Decedent have children? Even if the home was community property and the Decedent had children, then, under LA default, intestacy law, the children inherit the decedent's former half interest in the community property, but subject to a legal usufruct in favor of the surviving spouse. Still, it is not the same as the surviving spouse being put in "full ownership." If there are no children, then, the surviving spouse may succeed in full ownership of former community property. You will likely need to discuss all of these factors, and your specific circumstances, with counsel well versed in probate to obtain a more precise recommendation for proceeding.
Q. My mother is hospitalized and medically incapacitated. Can I establish a conservatorship/guardianship on here behalf?
A: Yes. It is called an interdiction and is still a civil suit. But, if you can provide medical evidence/affidavits as to condition and all of the heirs - spouse and children are in agreement, it can make the process much more smooth, especially for your mom, who will be the Defendant. The court will ultimately make a decision on whether to strip your mother of her rights to contract and make decisions for herself. The court does not take that decision lightly and will want to not only review the medical evidence, but question the heirs, and also question/see the Defendant, even if the Defendant is hospitalized.
Q. My father passed away in 2010. He was married. He purchased a home in 1992 when he wasn't married. what are my rights
A: Any interested party can open a succession. You are a descendant and therefore, can open succession. In opening succession, you can request that the court issue an Order for a search of the Will. Of course, it is always easier and less costly, if all parties cooperate and if there is a Will, have it presented to a court. If there is a valid Will, then, your father's property will be transferred in accord with its terms. If there is no Will, then, separate property (property purchased before the marriage) goes to his descendants with no interest to the surviving spouse. And, even the former one-half interest in community property of the Decedent goes to his descendants, but that interest is subject to a legal usufruct to the surviving spouse. You should contact counsel well versed in succession law to discuss all of your specific circumstances and to obtain a recommendation for proceeding.
Q. Can heirs file an Affidavit of Heirship in Louisiana instead of a Small Estate Affidavit?
A: An affidavit of heirship is an OMV form used only for transfer of titled vehicles. To transfer title from a Decedent to rightful heirs, you must do a succession in some form. If neither had a Will, and the value of each estate is under $125k, you can do the Affidavit of Small Succession. However, it must meet statutory form requirements and you will need to discuss your circumstances with an attorney well versed in probate to confirm that you can proceed that route. Both separate and community property can be addressed in the Affidavit. Then, for immovable property, the Affidavit and death certificate get filed in conveyance records for each parish where property is situated. Best of luck in proceeding.
Q. How can I get a copy of my father's will? Stepmother has tried to change it right before her death.
A: Any interested party can open succession. Since your father is the decedent, you can open and request that the court order a search for the Will, or that you be appointed the succession rep until a Will is produced. You need to contact counsel well versed in probate to better discuss your specific circumstances and to obtain a more precise recommendation for proceeding/
Q. How do I prove to an outside party, such as a bank, that I am named as executrix of a Louisiana handwritten will?
A: You have to probate the Will/open succession. You can either be appointed Executrix, if administration is necessary. Or, if you meet the requirements, you may not have to administer the estate.
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1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
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Telephone: (985) 951-2177