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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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Syrian Refugee Crisis

| Dec 3, 2015 | Family Law |

There was a time when America was the first to step up and render aid to countries and peoples in crisis; when our light truly was a shining beacon to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Our Country was founded on the premise of welcoming less-fortunate people from other lands seeking the freedoms that we enjoy.  Very few of us claim our ancestry from native peoples – we all came here.  From different countries, religions, principles and beliefs.  But we came in droves.  And we were embraced by the liberty offered us by this country.

Oh, our beloved Lady Liberty – what must she have been thinking as she watched the Twin Towers burn amidst the angst of the wounded and survivors?  Could she have imagined how deeply and how long that event would change her nation?  The stark reality that our enemies exist not just on foreign lands, but could permeate our own soil, would forever alter our lives and the course of our nation.

Fourteen years later,  the attacks on France and Belgium. We expected international grief and outrage. And our own American reaction was indeed swift – not merely with readiness and protection, but with our own humanitarian instinct – to help.

Yet, even before the capture of all of the planners, some of us responded in a way that forecasts a win for the cowards who attacked the innocent.  Spewing hatred against Western ideals, they decry a manifesto of loathsome separatism – “accept my beliefs, or die – murdered as publicly as possible.”

We must stay true to our values.  We must not let the menace of hatred seep into our collective psyche.

Some of our leaders remain steadfast:  protect our people, without question.  But do so, sensibly.  We are blessed with incredible intelligence gatherers;  we should listen and learn from the experts in whom we have long placed our confidence.  We must not turn our backs on the helpless victims of a horror-focused regime intent on the destruction of its people.

How terribly sad, then, the actions of our own Governor.  Clearly without sufficient authority,  Greg Abbott has declared that Texas must close its borders to Syrian refugees.  He has attempted to force federally funded charitable resettlement organizations to deny federal edicts.  And now, in a shockingly bullying move, our Governor apparently intends to sue these portals of peace.

The Syrian refugees are not the enemy. They are women and children; they are mothers and fathers; they are families forced to flee their country stricken with atrocities committed by some of the same terrorists clearly lodged in international cross-hairs.

The deeply saddening unforgettable image of a tiny body in blue shorts and a red shirt – washed up on a lonely beach – his is the threat level presented by the majority of these refugees.

Unlike those crossing our borders illegally or coming in on passports with visas, before stepping foot on American soil, refugees are vetted by the Department of Homeland Security, including fact screening with identity checks against federal databases, fingerprint screening, and investigation by the National Counter-terrorism Center and by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center. They are interviewed by country experts for biographical and geographical truths. The process takes an average of 18-24 months, but can take up to three years before these people find refuge on our shores. Of approximately 2,200 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011, about half were children.

What have we become as a nation when we turn our back on humanity? What have we become as a nation when we let fear drive our decisions? We are a nation founded on the premise of hope and sanctuary. When we denounce our rock-bed principles,  even suggesting that entry be based on religion, we offer up the freedom battle to the terrorists seeking to destroy us.  We hand over our Americanism.  By closing our borders to Syrian refugees, whether figuratively, or in fact, we lose all protection of our own sense of beings.  And we hand our country’s heart to those who wish to destroy us.   All wrapped up with a bow on top.

As for Lady Liberty?  Will we not re-find our hearts?  Or do we let her tears snuff out her torch?

Yrian New Colossus (The Statue of Liberty Poem)

By Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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