Chris Foster practices in the areas of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning 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.
Bringing compassion to every matter he handles, Chris understands the importance and responsibilities inherent in the estate planning and administration process as well as in corporate matters including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, and asset sales of business entities. His advanced degrees in tax and business provide him the insight to understand the needs of both estate clients and business owners.
Chris has served on numerous Boards of Directors for tax-exempt organizations to help the underprivileged as well as other charitable endeavors. He has worked pro bono to help non-profit groups form 501(c)(3) organizations. Additionally, Chris is a member the First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville and the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville.
Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (2005)
Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina (2004) | Phi Delta Phi, Journal of International Law and Business
Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business (2003) | Beta Gamma Sigma
Undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College (2000) | cum laude | With Honors in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, Order of the Omega, Belk Scholar, Taylor Stukes Scholar
North Carolina State Bar (2004)
U.S. Tax Court (2017)
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
North Carolina Bar Association | Estate Planning and Probate Section (present)
North Carolina Bar Association | Business Law Section (present)
Cumberland County Bar Association (present)
Cape Fear Industries, Inc. | Board of Directors (2017-2019)
Methodist University Reeves School of Business Advisory Board Member (present)
Salvation Army of Fayetteville | Advisory Board Member | Vice Chair (present)
Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville | Board Member (present)
Vision 2026 (present)
First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville (present)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
Selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina Legal Elite - Tax/Estate Planning (2015, 2017) [about the selection process]
Fayetteville Observer's Forty Under 40 (2014)
Greater Fayetteville Chamber 2025 Task Force
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"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.”
"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 & Scott Hoffman, Coffman Plumbing
"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 courthouse. 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.”
NOTE: 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.