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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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Domestic Violence: How MEPOs and Temporary Protective Orders can help

| Jul 13, 2016 | Domestic Violence, Family Law, Protective Orders |

Cases involving domestic violence allegations are some of the most emotionally challenging cases in family law, and it’s vitally important to get them right. The facts can be challenging to pin down, and in far too many cases, domestic violence impacts both the welfare of children and the unity of families.

 

When a person decides to report on domestic violence against herself or her children (or himself or his children), the first step is to call 911, and assuming police respond and take the assailant away, the victim may only have a limited time of peace, depending on what, if any charges are filed and whether the perpetrator is permitted out of jail. If the assault happens at night, the victim should then seek what’s called a MEPO (a Magistrate’s Emergency Protective Order), which protects him or her from the assailant for a period of one to three months.

While it’s helpful to have that Order, it’s not a cure-all for the situation. There might be a lapse between when a MEPO expires and when the case actually goes to court. Also, it’s a piece of paper, and while there are potential punishments for violating it, it’s not a safeguard against someone who is intent on getting near and possibly harming the person who filed the MEPO.

The next step would be to seek a Temporary Protective Order, an extendable protective order which is a precursor to a Final Protective Order. The Final Protective Order requires a hearing, but when granted, can be in effect for as long as two years.

I’ve heard of police giving stark advice to victims of domestic violence: buy a gun, buy a dog, or move. Some people will opt for building a panic room within the house as a safe place to retreat, but of course, not everyone has the means to do so.

In San Antonio, the Bexar County Family Justice Center can be a helpful resource for people dealing with domestic violence. If there’s a lapse between when a MEPO expires and when the District Attorney’s office starts work on a case, the Family Justice Center can assist in helping someone secure a Temporary Protective Order (though it can be a very lengthy process).

Also, our office is able to provide consultation and assistance should the hoops be too challenging to jump through. We know that it can be difficult to deal with the fallout of domestic violence and then try to navigate a sometimes-confusing system that isn’t always as helpful as it should be. If you do need help getting through it, know that we’re a call away.


 

 

 

 

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