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The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.

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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.

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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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Many of the people who come to our office seeking a divorce are doing so for the first time. Some of them have a good sense of the shape of their marital estate–they understand their assets and debts, and only need their lawyers to help them reach a just and fair division of their assets and debts.

But some clients have more complex estates. They might own multiple properties, or one or both might own small businesses, or there might be trusts involved. There are certainly cases where a divorcing couple would best be served by a forensic accountant, who is brought in to help determine the value and character of assets and debts, confirm what’s liquid and illiquid, and how then to fairly distribute the marital estate.

 

While there’s no real checklist for when you need to bring in a forensic accountant, there are some guidelines you can use to help you make that determination. When a couple has just one house, it’s usually easy to determine the value and character of that house. The original sale price of the house and the tax appraisal value are good starting points, and an appraisal by a licensed appraiser or real estate professional can help shed further light on it.

 

If multiple properties are involved, and there are questions about the amount and timing of money provided by the parties, involving a forensic accountant might be helpful.

 

Some retirement accounts, like pensions, Roth IRAs, and 401Ks, are typically within the grasp of seasoned family lawyers like those of us at the Law Office of Lisa Vance. We also have experience helping military families navigate through the myriad benefits and pensions available to servicemembers and their family members.

 

But if it’s more complicated–for example, if a trust is involved, or if the parties require tracing the money into and out of various assets–then it could help to involve a forensic accountant.

 

More and more of the divorces we’re seeing involve at least one party owning and operating a small business. That doesn’t necessarily call for a forensic attorney; if the small business involves a sole proprietor or a closely-held corporation selling goods or providing services, that’s typically simple enough to assess without bringing in outside help.

 

However, if the business involves other partners, organizational documents, sizeable assets, and/or other employees, it can be a good idea to involve a forensic accountant involved to determine the value of the business and the extent of each owner’s involvement. (Also, that can help protect a divorcing party’s partners from being affected.)

 

If you’re considering divorce and you’re concerned about your finances, we can help you determine how complex your situation really is, if you need a forensic accountant, and how best to serve your needs.

 


 

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