Stevens Firm - January 2020

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THE StevensFirm, P.A. Family Law Center

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Ringing in 2020 at The Stevens Firm! It’s hard to believe a new year is upon us already. 2019 seemed to fly by at the speed of light. Happy 2020 to you! We saw lots of “End of the Decade” and “A New Decade Begins” posts and articles as December came to a close, but we had to chuckle a bit since the “new decade” doesn’t really begin until Jan. 1, 2021, so we’re going to hold off on our “new decade” goals and celebrations just a bit.

Our Associate, Mackenzie Ruroede, has also set a goal for herself this year. Mackenzie is a reader-for-pleasure (just like Jenny!) and has set a fun reading goal for herself this year. She says, “My goal for 2020 is to complete the M. Judson Booksellers’ Reading Challenge. M. Judson Booksellers is a bookstore in downtown Greenville, and each year they challenge readers to complete 12 unique books. This year, the challenge includes an adult classic you have never read,

a book from a local author, a book from the year you graduated high school, and many more categories. I enjoy reading in my downtime, and I look forward to guiding my reading selections based on this year’s challenge categories.” We are excited to follow along with Mackenzie’s choices this year and may ask her to share some of her monthly book reviews in our newsletter as she completes her reading challenge list. Do you have any books you might want to suggest for her reading challenge? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

That doesn’t mean we don’t have lots to celebrate or that we’ve held back on setting new goals for ourselves both professionally and personally. Our Senior Associate, Jonathan Lounsberry, has a goal we’re still in awe about — he’s set a personal goal

to run in the NYC Marathon (maybe even this year!) as a tribute to his mother’s life and her battle with pancreatic cancer. As you may know, Jonathan lost his mother just before Christmas in 2018, and he says, “I started running in October 2019 as a way to deal with the loss. So far, I have run in a couple of races, with the longest being a 10-mile race on New Year’s Day.” (The Hair of the Dog race in Spartanburg.) We think it’s a wonderful way to honor his mother’s memory, and we’re excited to see where his running will take him next. FYI, if you ever see us running anywhere, it’s probably because something really scary is chasing us, so please send help!

We have set our goals, too. As Ben enters his 25th year of practicing law, he says, “Professionally, I want to show that even after 25 years, I can still learn new ways to best represent my clients. Old dogs can learn new tricks! And personally, I want to help our next two children transition into college ( Yes, we will have four children in college — at the same time! ) and then, I want to learn how to be a (semi) empty nester.” These are all such great goals for 2020. In one way, 2019 was a year that took a lot to just survive. While professionally, our firm had one of its best years ever, I feel like I missed a lot at home just trying to hold everything and everyone together due to the personal losses we suffered this past year. In 2020, I plan to be more present in all aspects of my life: present for my family and present at work as we focus on opening a location in Greenville, as we help our Associates build on their professional skillsets, and as we enhance our own practice to continue representing our clients with the best we have to offer.

–Jenny & Ben 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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