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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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Preventing Parental Rights Termination

| Nov 4, 2016 | Child Custody |

If you’re a parent facing parental rights termination, you’re in a legal situation that could greatly affect the rest of your life. Because those are such serious civil charges with such profound penalties, the State of Texas will likely provide you with free legal counsel to help you mount a defense.

Should you hire a private attorney in those situations instead? While some in this situation might be concerned that a lawyer provided by the State won’t be very good, or will be in cahoots with Child Protective Services, that’s not necessarily the case. But if you do hire a private attorney, you need to make sure you have the resources to do so.

Parental termination litigation can be expensive, as I recently explained. We’re talking about multiple hearings and conferences with caseworkers over the course of what could be a 12- to 18-month case. At least four lawyers are involved in even the simplest cases, including a lawyer representing the children (and, perhaps, two lawyers if you have children with wide age ranges, such as one for the 3-5 year olds and one for the 14-17 year olds in the case).

For clients who do determine that they want to pay a lawyer to see them through the case, my first piece of advice once they’re underway is to make sure they’re meeting all deadlines. These cases will often have a plan that the parents are supposed to follow by specific dates. If there’s a call for a psychological evaluation by the end of June, for example, and a client hasn’t been given adequate information on who to contact to get that done, the client needs to communicate that concern to the lawyer well before the psychological evaluation is actually due. 

Of course, having all the necessary documentation related to a case is important as well. Documentation can include audio recordings as well as physical documents; if children have been interviewed as part of a case, for instance, state law requires those interviews to be recorded.

Complete candor with your lawyer is also a must in these situations. Your lawyer needs to know what actually happened and is happening in order to best defend you. In situations in which you are being wrongly accused of abuse, it’s especially important for you to be truthful and forthright in order to help your lawyer clear your name.

Lawyers can’t create facts, after all–but they can help you determine how to best mount a defense to retain your parental rights. If you’ve determined this fight is worth hiring your own attorney, you’re giving yourself the best chance in the fight by assisting your lawyer in whichever way she feels helps the both of you the most.

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