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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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Why You Need a Lawyer in CPS Matters

| Jul 29, 2016 | Child Custody |

Legal proceedings involving Child Protective Services (CPS)–especially for cases in which the state is evaluating the termination of a person’s parental rights–can be incredibly involved. Our firm provides legal services to parents, grandparents, and other relatives who find themselves involved with CPS cases. That’s something we take great pride in, as it’s one of the most complex areas of family law.

In a typical case involving the termination of parental rights, the state has 12 months to make a determination based on allegations of neglect or abuse (with a six-month extension possible). Note that within a particular case, there can be multiple hearings to monitor a parent’s (or parents’) ability to comply with the requirements in order to retain their parental rights.

Let’s say, though, that a case is closed, with the court ruling that a parent should retain his or her parental rights, and then let’s say that there’s another allegation three months later about abuse. A new case would begin, but it is likely that information from the past case would factor into this new case.

Ultimately, each CPS case has an initial goal of reunification for the family–the state doesn’t take separating parents from their children lightly. If it’s determined that a child does need to be taken from the possession of the parents as the case remains open, placement may be with a relative (a kinship placement) if the relative passes a background check and complies with CPS requirements. 

One of the most important things to remember in these cases is that, no matter how much the state seems to be aligned with you at the outset of the investigation or litigation, you need representation. The CPS attorney is not your attorney. If a case changes from an investigative to legal removal (court case), you might find yourself trying to navigate a complex case on your own until the court appoints an attorney or you retain an attorney. You may find that legal representation early on in a CPS investigation may clear up misunderstandings or misunderstandings that would otherwise lead to a court case.  

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