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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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In my last article, I talked about what protective orders are available to people who have experienced domestic abuse. But if you’re in the military or in a relationship with someone in the military, as a number of people in San Antonio are, there’s one main difference to be aware. In domestic violence cases involving the military, the Uniform Code of Military Justice comes into play, and there are some important distinctions to know.

If a family living on base experiences domestic violence, the Military Code of Justice requires protection of any dependents. The perpetrator is escorted off base and command is notified. If the perpetrator is a military member, that perpetrator has to answer to his or her immediate supervisor for a one-on-one meeting. Any weapons the perpetrator has are locked up, and then an investigation starts. If the perpetrator is a civilian, of course, the military has no jurisdiction over the case, but can bar the perpetrator from base to protect the military member and his or her family.

It’s a little more complicated if the family is living off base. While command might determine that it’s a matter for the civilian rather than the military courts, the military still will act to protect the family. There’s also a built-in support system in the military to help families dealing with domestic violence, called the Family Advocacy program, that includes counseling and financial services.

If a military member is found guilty of domestic violence, there are a range of punishments available which can include discharge. Also, the Lautenberg Amendment, a 1996 addition to the Gun Control Act of 1968, makes it a felony to ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition if convicted of domestic violence crimes. This, obviously, makes it difficult for a military member with a domestic violence conviction to remain in the military.

Typically, family lawyers will only become involved with military domestic violence cases if the domestic violence is followed by divorce proceedings. But there can be cases where it’s helpful to involve a family law in a case that the military tries. We can provide consultation on these cases and determine how we can specifically help you. While the military’s made it a priority to deal with domestic violence cases in recent years, it can help to have a San Antonio family lawyer with experience in these cases on your side.   

 

 

 

 

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