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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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How to Persist When the Opposing Side Won’t Budge

| Sep 2, 2016 | Child Custody, Divorce, Fathers' Rights |

In most family law cases, I often have to remind myself of the importance of patience. As a family law attorney, we are always coming across the same issues, wherein the opposing party decides to thwart all efforts at our completing the discovery process. These efforts are particularly troublesome when our clients have concerns about the welfare of their children. It can become extremely difficult to move a case along, due to the opposing parties inaction, which only causes our client’s concerns to grow by the day.  

Fortunately, our office is able to provide our clients with some tools to help a case along when the opposing side is either doing something to keep a case from going forward, or doing nothing when some action has been requested.

I can file motions for enforcement, and I can follow up with the courts on those motions if they’re not initially acted upon. These are tools that, unfortunately for clients, make a case more expensive, but they’re sometimes necessary measures to keep a case from languishing.

I also make every effort to work with the opposing counsel in resolving a case. That’s not always easy: Some family lawyers can be aggressive in their approach, rough in their style, and generally difficult to work with. In those cases, I strive to be fair and diplomatic, but firmly behind my client. When opposing counsel wants a fight, I ready myself and my client for that fight.

But when family law cases go to the courtroom, they can get more costly and more contentious than a lot of people have the stomach for. I find that by offering mediation as an option, some conflicts can be resolved before they go to court. In some cases, the mediation process fulfills the wishes of those involved in the dispute, allowing a neutral party to hear both sides and then help both parties come to a resolution, without the extra cost, hassle, and audience that court can bring.

It’s also possible that the good faith effort of wanting to work out a solution can be enough to convince opposing counsel to bring his or her client to the table. If it’s clear that continuing to not budge is going to be futile, many lawyers would rather conclude the case and move on to settling new disputes, rather than revisiting a case involving hopelessly dug-in clients.

 

It’s not easy to be in these situations, and I feel for clients who are looking for a quicker resolution than the other party is willing to provide. But know that at the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we see these situations enough to know how to move them along. Each case is different, but ultimately, everyone involved is looking for a resolution.

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