Stevens Firm -December 2018

What Matters Most

THE Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center

349 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302 • • (864) 598-9172 December 2018

Caitlin – Legal Assistant “One of my favorite Christmas traditions is when Carter, my son, and I serve meals with Mobile Meals to all the families around the area the weekend before Christmas. I believe it truly humbles him and makes him more thankful for what he is going to experience in the days ahead, and I am looking forward to adding Tinsley, my daughter, to our trip this year.” Emily – Receptionist “My favorite thing about the holidays is carrying on the tradition of making my grandma’s famous, super delicious, cranberry-apple bake with my brother on Christmas Eve. It’s a reminder that she’s always with us.” Rebecca – Legal Assistant “My favorite holiday memory is after dinner on Christmas Eve, my whole family — I have 5 siblings — would pile into our van, drive around town looking at lights, and listen to my dad sing Christmas songs at the top of his lungs. Once we returned, we would have hot chocolate and open all the presents from Santa, who visited while we were looking at lights.” Ben – Senior Partner “I enjoy cooking, so preparing a big meal for my family is one of my favorite parts of the holidays.” Jenny – Senior Partner “One of my favorite childhood holiday memories is the times we would go to the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service at our family’s church in downtown Charleston. It was a beautiful, candlelit service full of traditional Christmas songs and scripture. When it was over at midnight, we’d all walk out holding candles, and it was Christmas morning!” Mackenzie – Attorney “My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies and making chocolate-covered pretzels with my family while listening to Christmas music.” Jonathan – Attorney “Christmas traditions that I will always cherish are the Italian traditions passed on by my mother and her family: gifts of oranges, candy coins, and nuts, as well as a big dinner on Christmas Eve.” Grace – File Clerk/Runner “My favorite tradition with my family is a goofy one. We watch the SpongeBob Christmas special together on Christmas Eve. I was obsessed with SpongeBob when I was younger, so naturally, I made us all watch the Christmas special when it came out, and the tradition just stuck.”

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

It’s so hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. December is upon us, and the crisp chill in the air has everyone thinking about the winter holidays. It’s been a busy year for us at The Stevens Firm. We’ve added several new staff members to our team. (Be on the lookout for profiles about them in future issues!) We started this newsletter to keep our clients, friends, family, and other professionals in our community engaged and informed about what’s going on with us and all the latest news affecting families. Here are a few updates as we close out the year. Ben was recently recognized with three awards for all of his hard work in 2017–18 as a Vice President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He’s looking forward to continuing this work as we begin 2019, as well as expanding his international family law practice. Jenny has been busy handling several complex Guardian ad Litem cases in family court and has enjoyed getting to know all of the children involved in those cases. She’s always amazed at the resiliency of children, who almost always find something to be positive and grateful for, no matter their circumstances. She’s also been preparing to expand her practice to include estate planning services for families. Look for more details on this in early 2019! Around our office, our team members decorated for the holidays, and we’re all counting down the days until Santa’s visit. To help you get in the holiday spirit, we’re sharing our favorite things about the holidays with all of you.

What are your favorite holiday traditions and memories? Feel free to connect with us on social media, and share them with us. We’d love to hear from our readers!

–Ben and Jenny Stevens

Reminder About Our Firm’s Communication Policy Our promise to you is that while we are working on your case, we don’t take inbound phone calls, faxes, or emails. Our senior partner, Ben Stevens, takes no unscheduled inbound phone calls, as we have found this makes him much more productive and enables him to focus on getting your case resolved faster. You can always call our office at (864) 598-9172 and schedule an in-person or phone appointment with any of our attorneys, usually within 24–48 hours. We believe this approach is much better than the endless game of phone tag played by most businesses today. Email is also an efficient way to communicate with us, but please be advised that emails are not

typically checked more than twice per day. If you need something quickly, don’t email — call our office and speak with one of our assistants, who will be happy to help you. Disclaimer: This publication is intended to educate the general public about family law issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. Every case is different. The information in this newsletter may be freely copied and distributed so long as the newsletter is copied in its entirety and proper credit is attributed to “The Stevens Firm, P.A. — Family Law Center (”

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