Christie Tournet

Christie Tournet

Wills, Estates, and Probate Attorney - Mandeville, LA
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Landlord Tenant...
  • Louisiana
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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
  • 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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
32 Questions Answered

Q. property was willed to my 3 sisters and myself with one sister being the administrator of the will. The house has
A: NO. An administrator only takes the reigns during the succession proceeding, if necessary and the administrator actually bears a fiduciary duty to maintain and preserve the succession property, account for the property, and close the succession. If the will is valid, and the Will directed the transfer of the house to all 3 sisters, you all are now owners - but, only owners, reflected in the public records, upon opening the succession. If all 3 sisters do not want to co-own, then the succession will need to partition the property.
Q. Can I amend a notarized will with a hand-written supplement. Would it be honored if contested in Louisiana court.
A: Yes, you can amend a notarial will with a hand-written codicil. For a handwritten codicil or will to be effective under Louisiana law, it needs to be dated, written by you, and signed - at the end - by you/in your handwriting. However, while a valid form for a will/testament, an olographic (handwritten) will or codicil is not self-proving. Rather, it has to be proven by extrinsic evidence - persons who can attest to your handwriting, etc. So, if you are going to proceed, follow the above requirements and keep the amendment simple as possible. If you find that more changes than a simple modification or two are needed, it is probably best to just update the will with a new, notarial will, as it is self-proving and only overcome by "clear and convincing" evidence, a heightened standard.
Q. Can I withhold rent until my landlord takes care of a mice problem?
A: The lease contract always controls - it is the law between you and the landlord. So, as to maintenance, pest control, etc., look there to see if it is spelled out. Also, Louisiana law requires that the landlord provide you with a safe, habitable premise. To the extent that there is a rodent problem, you give written notice (as required under the lease), and provide a time to cure, but the problem goes unresolved, you may need to break the lease; consider living elsewhere. If you go that route, you may need counsel to assist with notice, review of the lease and your rights, and to advise on potential remedies.
Q. My aunt said we (My sisters, mother, and myself) were not allowed to go to my G Maw's house does she have that right?
A: The pressing issue is where are you going and who owns the house? If it is grandmaw's house, then it is grandma's say and aunt's opinion/threat is of no real legal matter. However, if the aunt has power of attorney for Grandma, then the aunt can act in certain instances for grandma. But, as to restricting access of family members to visit Grandma, that power has to be expressly provided in the power of attorney document. If such a provision is not in a power of attorney document, then aunt still has no right to restrict visitation.
Q. Can i have someone removed from my appartment thats not on the lease dont pay rent and recieces no mail there
A: If the person is not a listed occupant on the lease and pays no rent, then you can end whatever invitation you extended for them to "visit" at your residence. Whether law enforcement will want to get involved is another issue - they likely will only get involved for criminal trespass matters. You may need to handle it through civil/small claims court by getting an eviction, if the invitation termination and law enforcement avenues do not pan out.
Q. Are we responsible for home owner insurance if we lived in home?
A: Because your agreement was verbal, the result is a month-to-month lease agreement. And, generally, you would not be responsible for any utilities or other payments that cover a time period after your vacancy.
Q. Ive told my landlord that my roommate is breaking the rules on the lease and she's done nothing, what can I do?
A: If your landlord is not interested in enforcing the lease provisions, assuming that it calls for you and the room-mate as the only occupants, then, this is going to be something that you need to take up with your roommate. Actually, if the lease outlines limited occupants, then by permitting others to live there, you and the roommate may be breaching the lease. Because it is a potential breach, maybe your roommate will consider the issue more seriously. Or, perhaps, she could take over your half, if you no longer want part of the situation -- that is, assuming sub-leasing is also permitted.
Q. Father died without a will and was married. He had 4 rental properties before marriage and one purchased after marriage.
A: The property acquired before your father's marriage will be considered separate property and if your father passed away without a will, that property transfers, by intestacy (no will) law, to all of his children. If no children, it passes to further collateral heirs. The property acquired after the marriage may be community without a pre-nup agreement. Same result for the house and car where the wife's name is on both. If all heirs made aware of Louisiana intestacy laws and understand who inherits what, that may be simplest way to proceed. Without a will directing where his property should go, La default, inheritance law will control.
Q. My father passed in 1986, my brother became the administrator of his estate. He left no will. I and my 4 siblings live
A: Probate counsel needs to look at the succession pleadings and determine if things were mishandled, as appears from the circumstances. Potential remedy may start with a demand to the sibling and brother, but chances are, if the brother misappropriated estate assets, there may be none left at this time. Still, depending upon brother's circumstances and financial situation, potential remedy may still be available.
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1795 W. Causeway Approach
Suite 103A
Mandeville, LA 70471
USA
Telephone: (985) 951-2177