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Brett Christiansen

Brett Christiansen

Managing Shareholder - Christiansen PLLC | Chris Law Office
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Business Law ...
  • Texas
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For your Probate, Estate Planning and Business Legal Needs call Brett at (409) 228-0965. Schedule a free consultation. Virtual options available.

Brett Christiansen is the Managing Shareholder/Partner at Christiansen PLLC | The Chris Law Office. His practice areas are PROBATE, ESTATE PLANNING and BUSINESS. His probate practice encompasses all facets of probate – with a will and intestate (without a will). The primary focus of his family practice is agreed divorce and other agreed family matters; collaborative divorce and pre and post marital agreements. His business practice centers on commercial contracts with an emphasis on technology; negotiating and drafting contracts for the sale and licensing of software and other intellectual property; mergers and acquisitions; business entity formation; commercial finance, commercial real estate; general counsel outsourcing and other general corporate matters. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Christiansen served as General Counsel for a leading national technology provider. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Christiansen was a certified public accountant in the State of Texas and has experience in both public and private practice.

“Family is at the core of who we are, whether that family is biological or chosen. That is why a solid legal foundation is so important. I endeavor to tackle the complex issues of family law in a positive, constructive way, always advocating for the needs and wishes of my client first, while being mindful of the emotional impact behind each and every decision.” -B.A.C.

Brett Christiansen - Partner/Shareholder
Phone: (409) 228-0965
Galveston County, Texas

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning
Will, Powers of Attorney & Directives Drafting
Collaborative Divorce
Pre-marital and Post-marital Agreements
Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestures
Corporate Governance
Commerical Real Estate

Texas Wesleyan University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Professional Experience
Managing Shareholder/Partner
Christiansen PLLC
- Current
Christiansen Davis LLC
Articles & Publications
We got marriage rights. Now let’s get marriage right.
Brett Christiansen's Blog
Speaking Engagements
Legal Essentials for Entrepreneurs, Starting A Business, Certificate Course, Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University, School of Entrepreneurship
A detailed discussion of business entity formation and business contracting with a focus on newly formed business ventures.
Certified Public Accountant
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
Finalist 2006 Best Corporate Counsel Award
Dallas Business Journal
Finalist in 2006 Best Corporate Counsel Award, General Counsel - Small Business
Professional Associations
Texas State Bar  # 24006439
- Current
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Dallas LGBT Bar Association
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State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section
Vice Chair
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Probate Administration
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions
    Family Law
    Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
    Collaborative Law, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Uncontested Divorce
Additional Practice Area
  • Intestate Administration and Heirship Determinations (No Will)
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My partner and I have separated after 15 yrs and I need to know my rights and options as far as dividing our asset
A: The answer to this question really depends on the legal status of your relationship with your partner of 15 years. You use the term "partner". Were you married? Did you have any other type of status on your relationship? That will dictate how the property can be handled. That status will also dictate the characterization of the property which can also affect how the asset is to be divided. You may meet the requirements of an Informal Marriage in TEXAS which are found in Texas Family Code Section 2.401. There are three elements of an informal ("Common Law") marriage in Texas and you must have all three parts(at the same time) in order to have an informal marriage in Texas. You and your partner must have (1) AGREED to be married (2) LIVED TOGETHER in TEXAS as a married couple AND (3) REPRESENTED TO OTHERS that you were married. If you can prove an informal marriage, that puts potentially a lot of other assets into play for division. But, If the house was a COMMUNITY PROPERTY asset (i.e. acquired AFTER marriage) the Court could divide the asset for you and in the event that one could not afford to buy the other out of their interest, they would likely order the house sold, mortgage paid and remaining proceeds split just and right. But, you can never tell exactly what a court will do. If your interest in the house is a separate property (generally meaning exiting before the marriage) or an individual, personal interest (i.e. no marriage here) you could bring a partition suit for the house and generally in those cases the Court will have the house sold and profits split. This can be complicated and absent an agreement, you should likely seek counsel to assist you in navigating a path.
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Websites & Blogs
Christiansen PLLC | The Chris Law Office
Brett's Modern Life Blog
Contact & Map
Galveston Texas Office
7310 Seawall Blvd. Suite 602
Galveston, TX 77551
Telephone: (409) 228-0965
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Sunday: Closed