Associate Biography

Chris practices in the areas of wills, trusts, and estates, as well as business/corporate law, tax exempt organizations, employee benefits, and tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.  He’s made his mark as an associate with Hutchens Law Firm and as a torch barer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

In addition to his impressive educational background, Chris brings a unique “bedside manner” and compassionate understanding to every matter he handles and understands the importance and responsibilities inherent in the estate planning and administration process, as well as in corporate matters, such as corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, and asset sales of business entities.  His tax and business degrees not only allow him to converse with estate clients but also business owners

“To be frank, I am dealing with death for most of my clients. So how do you make the most uncomfortable situation a person is likely to experience comfortable? You ease their burden. I deal with the legal process so my clients can focus on their lives and loved ones.” – Chris Foster

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science from Presbyterian College (2000) 
    • Cum laude, With Honors in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, Order of the Omega, Belk Scholar, Taylor Stukes Scholar (awarded to the most promising legal student in his class at Presbyterian College)
  • MBA from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business (2003) 
    • Valedictorian (4.0 GPA), Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina (2004) 
    • Phi Delta Phi, Journal of International Law and Business
  • Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law (2005)

ADMISSIONS:

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2004
  • US Tax Court, 2017

 

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 12

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:

  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Methodist University Business Succession Forum Network
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Methodist University Reeves School of Business Advisory Board
  • Fayetteville Chamber Task Force
  • Estate Planning and Probate Section
  • Business Law Section
  • Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville
  • Former Board Member – New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee
  • Former Board Member – Coastal Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross
  • Board Member - Salvation Army of Fayetteville, NC

Chris has served on numerous Boards of Directors for tax exempt organizations to help the underprivileged as well as other charitable endeavors.  He also has worked pro bono to help non-profit groups form 501(c )(3) organizations.  Additionally, Chris is also a proud member the First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville and the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • 2015 Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Young Gun
  • 2015 Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Tax & Estate Planning
  • John M. Motley Morehead Finalist
  • Olympic Torch Bearer in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
  • 2014 Legal Elite Young Gun
  • 2014 Fayetteville Observer's Forty Under 40

Testimonials

“This was my first experience at hiring an attorney, my father passed away without leaving a will. It was a very stressful and confusing time for me, my attorney was Christopher D. Foster and I am so very grateful to him for lifting that stress from my shoulders; he listened to me, made me feel comfortable, kept me well informed and I was able to trust him completely. I highly recommend Mr. Foster to any persons who have the daunting and difficult task of dealing with the estate/affairs of a deceased loved one, and I can honestly say that he will work very hard for you.”

-Terra Mathews, Fayetteville NC

 

“Our experience as a client working with Chris Foster, of The Hutchens Law Firm, P.A., has been very pleasing and stress free. As we embarked upon establishing our second generation plumbing service company, we were referred to the law firm to set up our corporation. Chris Foster was introduced to us and immediately made us feel comfortable and made sure we had a clear understanding of the legal steps to be taken.

Mr. Foster always stayed in touch, communication was open, and all questions were answered quickly with full explanation. He was knowledgeable of corporate tax law so we trusted his decisions and advice.

Chris and the firm responded to any matter that arose and [is] very valuable to our company. We appreciate [his] dedication and ensuring that we fully understood any legal matter that we may have. Keeping it simple and never over-powering conversations with big legal verbiage is definitely a plus.

We highly recommend Chris Foster. The staff is always nice and pleasant as well.”

-Courtney Coffman-Hall – President of Coffman Plumbing
 -Scott Coffman – Vice President of Coffman Plumbing

 

“Chris Foster has been an influential individual in my life. He acknowledged my business and plan when no other council in the city would help me in my endeavors to close a deal that could potentially be worth millions. Chris has seen my vision like no other and has made a 115% effort to ensure that the goals in my mission are fulfilled. Working with Chris has been a phenomenal experience that will continue to radiate positive energy as we climb the ladder of success and take [my] company to the highest of plateaus.”

 -Kenneth Smith Jr. 
  Smithstonean Inc. Customs 

 

“When I was recently in an emergency situation, had a heart attack, and was awaiting surgery, Mr. Foster prepared a will in 24 hours for me and came to the hospital all in the same day, where I was confined in a dire situation, getting ready to go into open heart surgery. Mr. Foster was very professional and provided a service for me that really put my mind at ease, helping myself and my family feel at ease, in a situation where in the outcome was virtually unknown.  His advice and guidance helped me put my personal affairs in order, which gave me a great deal of peace of mind during a very difficult time in my life. I highly recommend Chris’ bedside manner to any potential clients.”

-Greg Dees

 

“Chris Foster helped me to settle my uncle's estate for my mother and her sister who lives out of town. My uncle died without a will and we had no direction. Chris  guided me through the steps as he submitted the estate inventory, published the creditors notice, and dealt with the estate division  at the court house.  Not having to deal with the clerk of court and the details of my uncle's estate was wonderful and Chris made this stressful time easier on our family. Thank you Chris for a professional job well done.”

-Sandee Waren

 

 

"I'm writing to share with you my experience using an attorney from the Hutchens Law Firm, who is fantastic. His name is Christopher Foster, an estates and trust lawyer who, in anticipation of my surgery, worked very fast and very, very well to prepare my estate planning documents. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone you know needs estate work done. His fees are very reasonable, his work is top drawer, he was very responsive and is very nice."

-Sharon U.



“My name is Frances Foster, widow of Lloyd Foster, former High School Broadcaster for the school of Cumberland County for many years. Christopher Foster is my grandson, of whom I am very proud. At the time of my husband’s death January 30, 2013, I needed much legal help and advice, and Chris did an excellent job in providing it. He made all of us feel comfortable. In the past his dad and uncles were rather amazed at how well he managed everything and how mature he was. To them he was still “Little Chris.” Not anymore!”

-Frances Foster



“The cases and clients mentioned on this site are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Not all results are provided. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”

Publications & Articles

PUBLICATIONS:

Tech Wire Articles:

  • The Purchase or Sale of Goodwill – Let’s Make it Personal – WRAL Tech Wire; March 2008
  • “Could a Delaware Holding Company Benefit Your Business?” – WRAL Tech Wire; October 2007

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