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. / Civil Law (2010)
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Honors: Probate Highest Grade Award, LaNasa-Greco Scholarship
Loyola University New Orleans
B.B.A. / Economics, International Business, Spanish (2003)
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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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Legal Answers
14 Questions Answered

Q. when my father died should i have got a part of his life insurance, part of his assets, and part of his house?
A: Sorry to hear about this predicament. If your father formally adopted you and your vital records evidence this, and your father passed "without a will," then you (and any other siblings) actually inherit your father's estate -- his entire separate property and his share of the community property. Then, the surviving spouse only receives a legal usufruct over the former community property until her death or remarriage, but you would be the ultimate, end owner (called a naked owner) of your father's portion. This is considering if he died without a will/intestate. If he had a will, he may have also provided for you, but by will, a parent does not necessarily have to leave children an inheritance (aside from forced heirs). So, yes, your mother can write her will, as she may have indicated. But, likely more pressing for you is to determine, if succession has been opened (in the Parish of Decedent's domicile is best place to check) and if no will exists, you likely have an inheritance. Wills are not generally filed in public records, but the succession proceeding will certainly show up, if opened. Discuss with local probate/succession counsel and best of luck.
Q. My daughter is renting my apartment. She has had the lights turned off due to non-payment. Can I rent to someone else?
A: Utility company will very well track/know there is a balance. Sometimes, different companies set up landlord accounts, but they are commercial accounts and sometimes, beginning deposit a bit higher. I would bet the balance will need to be paid before utility company releases the account/meter to a new tenant. It will have to be included in the amount that your daughter owes you, in so long as your rental agreement includes utility charges.
Q. Is there a formula by which a trustee of an Irrevocable Trust should calculate their fees / compensation?
A: Reimbursement for expenses is easy, but most often the trust will either dictate a fee or provide for "reasonable compensation." Certainly, professional trustees have fee schedules. But, if you are not a professional trustee and the tasks are minimal/relatively easy, a good place to start is to likely consider your time expended to date for the completed tasks including the accountings, managing/preserving, and obtaining good CPA and legal counsel, if needed.
Q. Entergy cut down 2 of my trees on my property without my consent. Should they have obtained my consent prior to cutting?
A: Normally, yes. Funny to see this question pop up, as Investigative Journalist, Lee Zurik, just did a piece on a Parish Government doing something similar (Plaquemines, I believe). Caveats come into play, if there is a prior servitude in Entergy's favor, if a survey actually designates the tree as outside of your property line, or if there was local government involvement and there was some dire, "public need" for removal. But, in that last scenario, the local government should 1) hopefully, first contact you and 2) reimburse you. I would start by trying to confirm the first two items and if you feel confident that Entergy goofed, send a demand for replacement or compensation to both Entergy and local, governing body, if applicable.
Q. what rights does a person have if her boyfriend tells her to be out in 2 days and she been living with him 2 years plus
A: Unfortunately, if he owns the home, she has no real title right to enforce. Same end result, if she is not shown as a lessee on the lease. I would recommend trying to work out a do-able schedule for leaving and being done with the situation.
Q. My belongings were stolen from a storage I was renting, what type of legal action can I take ?
A: First, I am very sorry to hear of your circumstances. My condolences to your family during such a difficult time. As to the storage facility, the lease you signed will govern your available remedies. Most, contain waivers and require you to sign a waiver releasing the facility from liability. But, certain circumstances may be able to overcome that, if they broke one of their obligations, i.e. did a gate malfunction? lack of security when promised? Also, sometimes homeowner's and renter's policies cover a percentage of the policy's limit; so, check that also. You - or counsel should review the lease, start with a demand before pursing litigation, and see if any policy might cover the loss. Best of luck.
Q. Can my father legally will inherited land/property to my stepmother that is still in my grandfather's name?
A: Yes, your father can legally leave all he owns - separate and community property -- to his then wife -- unless there are any forced heir issues (a child under 24 or child/grandchild with a disability that prevents either from caring for their person or property). To the extent that your grandparents did not "will" that land to anyone else, and if your dad was the sole child, then that becomes his separate property by intestacy laws (dying without a will) and the grandparents' land now becomes part of his "estate" and he can will that to whom he chooses with the forced portion exception, if applicable.
Q. Is the widow of dead attorney in LA entitled to proceeds of the suits he worked on before he died? He was firm owner.
A: To the extent that the Decedent earned income, it is now due his estate. To determine who takes to that estate, the nature of the property in the estate must first be confirmed - is it separate or community? There are different, default inheritance rules for each type of property. Thus, the language of any pre-nup agreement and any will are crucial.
Q. My siblings and I discovered a bank account that my mother had that we did not know about. Do we get the money?
A: Not necessarily. If your mother used Medicaid, the State has a "right" to pursue estate recovery. But, heirs are generally not automatically required to repay the State or Medicaid. If the State pursues any recovery, heirs can also negotiate. If your mother passed without a will and with only the money in the account, you may also be able to avoid a judicial succession to open the account - you can likely do an Affidavit of Small Succession to access the funds.
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1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
USA
Telephone: (985) 951-2177