Top Texas Lawyers Podcast
Episode 13 - The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts

Episode 13 - The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts

April 6, 2020

In today's episode Bryan and Sam continue their discussion of COVID-19 and its impact on family, civil, and criminal courts, including the status of emergency orders issued by the Texas Supreme Court, the option of video conference hearings when feasible, electronic forms of process service, the importance of knowing federal, state, county, and municipal requirements pertaining to your case or orders, weighing the interests tenets, landlords, lien holders, and lenders and the importance of communication when managing debt during the crisis. They welcome guest Jonathan Bailey, a criminal defense attorney from Bailey, Johnson, & Lyon, to discuss the impact of the crisis on the criminal bail process, jury trials, policing of petty non-violent offenses, jail release time frames, and the repercussions of violating shelter in place statues.

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 12 - The Continuing Impact of COVID-19 on Family Law

Episode 12 - The Continuing Impact of COVID-19 on Family Law

March 24, 2020

In today's episode Bryan and Sam continue their discussion of COVID-19 and it's impact on Family Law, including what potential clients should consider and expect when filing during this time of crisis, the importance and implications of standing orders that may be extended due to holds on court hearings, the actions courts are taking to make the practice and exercise of law more accessible via remote technology, the assurance that court personnel are available to handle emergency situations like cases of domestic violence or abuse, the importance of communicating with the courts regarding financial hardships that may impact one's ability to satisfy court-mandated obligations, and the expectation that the numerous constitutional implications unearthed by this crisis will take time to resolve.

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 11 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Law and Life (Panel Discussion)

Episode 11 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Law and Life (Panel Discussion)

March 18, 2020

The presence of the Coronavirus is impacting every facet of our lives.  In today's episode Bryan and Sam take a break from normal scheduling and welcome guests Christy Abercrombie and Dena Wilson for a round-table discussion of COVID-19, including it's impact on legal matters like possession orders, co-parenting arrangements, in-person court hearings and virtual accommodations, possible delays in court orders and their modifications, potential liability due to negligent exposure to the virus, and estate planning and various powers of attorney, as well as it's impact on daily life, the need for social responsibility during this time, and discussing these issues with parents and children.

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 10 - Temporary Orders (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 2/5)

Episode 10 - Temporary Orders (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 2/5)

March 14, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the various topics associated with temporary orders, including petitions and counter-petitions, standing orders, temporary restraining orders in addition to cautions against signing waivers, preparation for temporary order hearings, the lasting effect temporary orders can have on the outcome of your case, appealing temporary orders, determining what's most important to you and setting realistic expectations that you can see through until the end, and the cost of litigating your case versus collaboratively arriving a mutually agreed upon settlements.

This episode is part two of a five-part series exploring the phases of divorce.  

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 9 - Preparing for Divorce (Stages of Divorce Series - Part 1/5)

Episode 9 - Preparing for Divorce (Stages of Divorce Series - Part 1/5)

February 22, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the steps one should take when they consider entering into divorce proceedings, including identifying personal goals, creating and facilitating a plan to meet those goals, when and how to tell your spouse/partner about your intentions to file, preparing for an initial consultation with your attorney, the importance of gathering information and allies prior to announcing your intentions to file, contemplating and protecting your finances with respect to how contested you expect the proceedings to be, and preparing yourself for every eventuality with the understanding that things may or may not go as planned. 

This episode is part one of a five-part series exploring the phases of divorce.  

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 8 - Divorce and Social Media

Episode 8 - Divorce and Social Media

February 11, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the growing impact social media has on divorce and child-custody proceedings, including the lasting impact social media activity can have on rulings, the importance of keeping a level head and not being rash, maintaining one's integrity during contentious proceeding, personal safety considerations, advice against both oversharing and wiping your accounts, being mindful of your children's time and activity on social media, as well as positive ways to use social media to present yourself to a court.  Celebrity insights highlight examples of how social media can be a thorn in anyone's side, including the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split and leaked images of Jeff Bezos.  

If you have any questions regarding today's content or have requests for topical discussions that matter in your life, please feel free to contact Bryan Abercrombie or Samuel Sanchez at the following: Bryan babercrombie@astxlegal.com; Sam ssanchez@astxlegal.com.

Episode 7 - Domestic Violence

Episode 7 - Domestic Violence

January 12, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the complex issue of domestic and family violence in Texas, including the proper steps to take if you or your child is the victim of family violence, i.e., documenting the abuse, exiting the situation safely, involving a third-party, such as the police, and getting a protective order in place if necessary, as well as the importance of doing one's due diligence when dating, before cohabiting with a partner/spouse, and the importance of understanding the impact a domestic/family violence charge can have on one's life, including things ranging from employment to division of property to even being able to stay involved in aspects of your child's education.  High profile domestic violence cases are mentioned, including the rift between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and listeners are advised that in situations full of emotion and conflict, always opt for the high road.

Episode 6 - Possession Orders for Children Under Age Three

Episode 6 - Possession Orders for Children Under Age Three

December 26, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss possession orders for young children in Texas, and take a peak at Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's divorce and custody battle in Celebrity Divorces in the News.  Due to the special needs of newborns and young children and judge's top priority of always putting children's needs first, possession orders typically award mothers a preponderance of the possession early on, with the mind to stair-stepping the time fathers have up to a standard possession order by the time the child reaches age three.  This isn't always the case, however, judges have a great deal of freedom to be creative when the circumstances support it.  Bryan and Sam discuss strategies for how to manage this critical time in the child's development, including the importance of having a working relationship with the other parent, setting proper expectations for yourself and the other parent, health and safety concerns, leaning on your (and the other parent's) family for support, the importance of being engaged, responsible, and taking the high road and, when warranted, how vital is to make changes to one's lifestyle to accommodate the needs of your child.  

Episode 5 - Possession Scheduling During the Holidays

Episode 5 - Possession Scheduling During the Holidays

November 20, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss holiday possession scheduling in Texas, including codified required minimum possession under standard custody orders, the fundamental rights of both custodial and non-custodial parents during the holiday season, the timeframe of holiday exchange schedules, the specifics governing odd-year, even-year alternating exchanges, the vital role communication plays in ensuring a smooth holiday experience for everyone, the importance of both parties clearly understanding their possession order and addressing questions or concerns in advance of the holidays, and the general craziness of the "silly season" - and a $2.8 million pair of socks that were worn by Michael Jackson during his original, immortal moonwalk during a performance of Billie Jean on May 16, 1983.

Episode 4 - Firearm Laws in Texas

Episode 4 - Firearm Laws in Texas

October 18, 2019

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss firearm laws in Texas, including their possession, safeguarding, transportation and sale, their restriction in the case of temporary protective or restraining orders pertinent to family law cases, important considerations of gun ownership with respect to child custody or the fostering or adoption of children, the impact that mental illness or domestic violence can have on gun ownership, and recent changes to firearm laws in Texas.