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As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, the safety, health and well-being of our clients and our team is extremely important to us. We are watching for the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and international medical experts to learn how we can best manage our facility and our clients.

We would like to reassure you that The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. will continue to be available to provide services to all of our clients.

Our lawyers and paralegals are working in the office and electronically, although most of us are working from home. Below is a list of FAQs regarding our response and commitment to you during COVID-19.

Can I even have a consultation with my lawyer remotely?

Yes, The Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C. has a comprehensive remote working capability and all of our lawyers and paralegals are equipped to work securely from home.

Will my lawyer be available to answer questions and work on my case?

Yes, your legal matters will continue to receive our attention. You can email, call, or videoconference with your lawyer during this time.

We also have multiple videoconferencing options; please contact your attorney for the platform that works best for you

How are court hearings and appointments affected?

Court in Bexar County are now conducted by Zoom Please see our blog article Court via Zoom: It’s Actually, Really Court (and Here’s How It Works)

Can I consult with a lawyer about a new family law or divorce matter?

Yes, we have office staff working in house and remotely to ensure continuity in our business. For information about a family law or divorce matter, please call our office or complete the Request a Consultation Form.

Your family law matters remain our top concern and we are not going to permit this pandemic to take priority over your needs. We will remain confident, alert and prepared.

We wish you and your family well as we work through this difficult situation together.

With warm regards,
Lisa A Vance

 

 

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Texas National Guard okays benefits for married same-sex couples

| Dec 6, 2013 | Military Family Law |

Generally speaking, divorce is a complex process. Through this process, couples must untangle the assets they’ve accumulated together, which can be a contentious and tricky task. However, given the benefits that service members receive, military divorce can create an entirely unique set of questions to tackle.

At the same time, same-sex couples living in Texas also face challenges when looking to divide their assets. Because the state doesn’t recognize gay marriage, there is no clear legal framework to address the needs of couples who decide to break up. Now, a recent decision by the federal government and Texas National Guard could add another layer of complexity for military families headed by same-sex couples.

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, government officials announced that federal benefits would be provided to legally married same-sex couples — regardless of the state they reside in. Members of the U.S. military who fell into this category were covered, but the Texas National Guard resisted. Because the state constitution forbids same-sex marriage, the National Guard wouldn’t offer benefits to these couples.

Under a recent agreement between the state and federal governments, the Texas National Guard will begin to handle and approve benefits for married same-sex couples. Federal officials will handle benefit applications for these couples in order to avoid any conflict with state laws.

Now that marital benefits will be extended to same-sex military partners, there is likely to be another consideration in asset division. Certain benefits, such as military retirement plans, are very valuable, so couples may need to address this if they end their relationships.

Given the differences in federal and state laws for marriage, same-sex couples may consider weighing their options with a family law attorney. During this time, it may be possible to create a domestic partnership agreement to cover the possibilities that life may bring.

Source: CBS News, “Texas Nat’l Guard to provide same-sex benefits, after all,’ Nov. 27, 2013

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