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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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The Ugly Face of Bullying in the Electronic Age

| Jan 20, 2016 | Child Custody |

Does it ever seem like the world has tilted on its axis and is spinning out of control? It’s hard to fathom the cavernous differences in the world in which our children are growing up these days from the world we lived in just a few decades back. In an age where everything revolves around electronics, our phones have seemingly become an extension of our hand. I wonder if mankind’s features will evolve to adapt to the world of gadgets and ever-advancing technology.  Will our thumbs and fingers morph into a more efficient shape for texting?

 

Unfortunately, with advances in technology come advances in techniques of nefarious activities which have been around for centuries. Never have our kids been so susceptible to images of graphic violence and sex, and vulgar language, with such exposure commonplace to even the youngest of our offspring. As parents, how do we protect our children from the barrage of inappropriate information and images flying across the internet? How do we balance the need to protect our children with the need to let them make and learn from their own mistakes and face the consequences of their actions?

This concept is nothing new. But what’s different in the age of the technological beast, is that the consequences of messing up have such far reaching – indeed potentially global – ramifications. In a world where the internet and social media dominate almost every aspect of our lives, there are no secrets, nothing is private, nothing is sacred. And worst of all, those who seek to harm our children can hide behind anonymity on the web. In a very real sense, the “web” is just that: a giant spider web just waiting to ensnare our vulnerable youth.

 

Take bullying. Bullying has been around since the beginning of time, but never have bullies had a bigger pulpit to spew their meanness and hatred. At least the bullies of old had to face their victims to extort their lunch money. Today’s cyber bullies can hide behind the anonymity of the internet, spreading viciousness with one click. For our young and impressionable children, the effects can be devastating. The San Antonio community was recently rocked by the suicide of a 16-year-old boy who killed himself after being subjected to relentless cyber bullying. A FB post of his brothers went viral and has brought the issue to the forefront, not just in San Antonio, but across the nation. How ironic that the same instrument used to destroy a life, is being used to bring awareness to cyber bulling and potentially save others from a similar fate.

 

If your child complains of being bullied, don’t ignore the complaint. Standing up to the schoolyard bully is not the same as it used to be, especially when it involves cyber bullying.  According to the government’s anti-bullying website, the following guidelines should be observed in dealing with cyber bullying:

 

  • Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyber bullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyber bullying. Record dates, times, and descriptions of instances of  cyber bullying; save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
  • Block the person who is cyber bullying.
  • Report cyber bullying to schools, online service providers, and social media websites, and in some cases to law enforcement.

 

 

Know what your kids are doing on the internet, monitor their social media activities, talk to them about cyber bullying, and maintain open lines of communication.  This is easier said than done, particularly when our children are at the age when they think their parents are idiots who don’t know squat. But the alternative is not an option. Because when it comes to being cyber bullied, sometimes kids can’t handle it on their own.  Sometimes it takes a grown up. Sometimes it takes a village.

 

For more info on how to deal with bullying, visit www.stopbullying.gov.

 

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