IN THE MATTER OF THE SUCCESSION OF DON MICHAEL BRIDGES, SR.
Appeal from the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court In and
for the Parish of St. Tammany State of Louisiana No.
2016-30889, Div. "C" The Honorable Richard Swartz,
J. Peragine Christina Falco Baldwin Covington, LA Attorneys
for Appellee Pamela Ann Gouedy Bridges
Oliver Person New Orleans, LA Attorney for Appellant Don
Michael Bridges, Jr.
BEFORE: HIGGINBOTHAM, HOLDRIDGE, AND PENZATO, JJ.
Don Michael Bridges, Jr. (Don Bridges), appeals a judgment
denying numerous requests for relief in this succession
proceeding. We affirm.
AND FACTUAL BACKGROUND
facts forming the basis for this appeal are largely
undisputed. Don Michael Bridges, Sr. (Mr. Bridges) and Pamela
Ann Gouedy Bridges (Pamela) were married in 1979 and divorced
in 1988. While they were divorced, on May 7, 2002, Mr.
Bridges executed a testament by notarial act in which he
directed, in pertinent part:
I, DON MICHAEL BRIDGES, SR., being of sound mind, do hereby
make this my last will and testament, revoking any and all
prior wills, testaments, and codicils.
I name and appoint my former wife PAMELA ANN GOUEDY BRIDGES
as the Executrix of my estate with full seizen and without
bond. As Executrix of my estate PAMELA ANN GOUEDY BRIDGES may
act as an Independent Executrix.
I leave as a special bequest to my son DON MICHAEL BRIDGES,
JR. the entirety of my interest in and to lot 5-A of a
resubdivision of former lot 5 of Block F of Abita Springs
Estates Subdivision measuring 120 feet on Abita Springs
Drive, same depth in the rear, between equal and parallel
lines of 401.47 feet.
I leave the remainder of my estate, regardless of whether
movable or immovable, separate or community, or corporeal or
incorporeal unto my former wife PAMELA ANN GOUEDY BRIDGES.
In the event my former wife PAMELA ANN GOUEDY BRIDGES should
predecease me or not survive me by ninety days, then I leave
the entirety of my estate to my son DON MICHAEL BRIDGES, JR.
the execution of the testament, on October 10, 2005, Mr.
Bridges and Pamela remarried. They divorced a second time on
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