Top Texas Lawyers Podcast
Episode 20 - Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle

Episode 20 - Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle

September 10, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss both the opportunities and challenges of starting up a new business. Pulling from their knowledge of business law and requirements, as well as hard-fought experience gained from starting their own law practice, they provide insight into the importance of determining your business structure, understanding tax implications based on entity type, creating a solid back office infrastructure, building credibility online via your website, SEO, and social media presence, and the importance of effective marketing. 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 19 - COVID Call — Back to School

Episode 19 - COVID Call — Back to School

August 25, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez explore custody arrangements, the start of the school year, and complicated terrain this presents in the age of COVID.  They discuss the difficult decisions parents must make when their respective school districts present competing options for their children, i.e., online vs. on campus learning, the unprecedented terrain facing the courts when determining what is the best option for the child, what you as a parent should do if you're concerned that the learning environment at your ex's residence is unacceptable, the importance of keeping your children's welfare front and center during the decision making process, and the impact that your actions today regarding this issue can make on future interactions with the other parent and the courts.  They take some time to discuss the need to ensure that your estate, will, and powers of attorney are up to date during this time of uncertainty, so that your loved ones and people you trust will be the proper beneficiaries and decision makers if the unthinkable happens.  In celebrity news, they take a moment to delve into Dr. Dre's divorce and the binding power of prenuptial agreements. 

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 18 - Q&A with Bryan and Sam - How Do I Choose an Attorney?

Episode 18 - Q&A with Bryan and Sam - How Do I Choose an Attorney?

June 29, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez field a common question from listeners: how to select the best attorney for your particular legal matter.  Their discussion of the attorney selection process explores several key determining factors, including the importance of knowing yourself and identifying your goals at the outset, fielding sales pitches and emphasizing the value of researching the credentials and experience of the particular lawyer who'll be representing you over catchy slogans and slick advertising, having a clear understanding the philosophy, approach, and demeanor of your attorney and whether they align well with your goals, and weighing the experience, operational capacity, and attentiveness of the lawyer and firm you're considering.

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 17 - Trial (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 5/5)

Episode 17 - Trial (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 5/5)

June 3, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the the trial process, including custody evaluations and when and how to challenge them if needed, the importance of both effectively telling your story and having facts in evidence that work seamlessly with the narrative you present, constructing a trial outline with your attorney to ensure you hit all the high points that will impact a judge's ruling, the importance of providing a judge with backup options if your initial story is effectively rebutted, witness selection and preparation, the importance of effective property valuation prior to the trial, the invaluable need for experienced, aggressive trial counsel that will fight for you, a reminder that divorce trials are emotionally charged events and a call to composure when giving both testimony and cross-examination, and how you and your attorney can best prepare for testimony and interact during the proceedings to present your best case.

This episode is part five 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 16 - Mediation (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 4/5)

Episode 16 - Mediation (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 4/5)

May 12, 2020

In today's episode, hosts Bryan Abercrombie and Samuel Sanchez discuss the the process of mediation, including the difference between binding mediation and informal settlement agreements, moving from an informal agreement to a final decree of divorce, the opportunity that mediation offers people to creatively work out arrangements that are tailor-made to their circumstances, the insight mediation can provide into the opposing party's intentions and the strengths and weaknesses of both your own case and theirs, the differences between in-person mediation vs. online "Zoom" mediation currently being practiced during the C-19 pandemic, the role of the mediator and attorneys during the process, and the cost-advantages of being able to settle during mediation rather than go to trial.

This episode is part four 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 15 - Discovery (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 3/5)

Episode 15 - Discovery (Stages of Divorce Series, Part 3/5)

April 29, 2020

In today's episode Bryan and Sam pick back up on their stages of divorce discussion, framing an exploration of the discovery process through the lens of the the Jay Cutler-Kristin Cavallari divorce. They delve into discussion of inventory and appraisements, financial tracing as pertains to carving out separate property during the division of property phase, weighing the cost of extensive discovery work versus the value of preserving your property and assets, setting reasonable child custody expectations and preparing for custody evaluations should they arise, the required documentation you'll need to best prepare you for proving your case before the court, and the value of competent counsel in presenting your best case in both mediation and hearing settings.

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 14 - Possession Orders & Child Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Episode 14 - Possession Orders & Child Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 23, 2020

In today's episode Bryan and Sam continue their discussion of COVID-19's impact on family law, including the continued application of possession orders and the importance of complying with those orders except in the case of demonstrable risk to your child(ren), the continued efficacy of child support obligations despite possible reductions in wages, the importance of initiating child support modification reviews in the event you've incurred a loss of wages, a reminder that the only person who can modify a possession or child support order is a judge, and an encouragement for all parties to go out of their way to put children's needs first and work as responsible and understanding co-parents during these tumultuous times.

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 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 the law office of J.B. Bailey, 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.

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