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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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Getting the Lawyer, LPC, and Parent All on the Same Page

| Dec 16, 2016 | Child Custody |

I’ve recently been working on a child custody case in which testimony from the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) was central to our case. While involving an LPC isn’t essential in all custody cases, it’s crucial to have one involved if there are any allegations of abuse, neglect, or other factors critical to a child’s welfare.

 

The most powerful and persuasive evidence in these cases, of course, is hard, physical evidence. But physical evidence is not always available, and the circumstances surrounding each case may be such that physical evidence will never be present. When it’s not, we rely on the ability of an LPC who is specifically trained to work with children, who can help determine the nature and the extent of any abuse that they’re experiencing, and who can testify in court in a way that will hopefully convince a judge to listen.

 

It’s important for the lawyer to present as complete a picture as possible for the judge. Because Judges will ultimately decide what is in the children’s best interest, the lawyer’s job is to make sure that the children’s outcries are heard and substantiated. Child Protective Services may or may not share the lawyer’s or parent’s concern in a specific case, whatever the reason may be. If the police have initiated a criminal investigation, then the police department may have procedures in place that preclude the use of that investigation in the ongoing civil custody or protective order case.

 

To present the most complete and persuasive case, it is vital that the lawyer, the parent, and LPC coordinate their efforts so that the outcries made to the LPC can be properly fortified against collateral attacks and substantiated. It’s critical to make sure all parties are on the same page. For the parent, it requires full, honest disclosure of the situation, so the lawyer can best minimize any possible surprises. More importantly, the parent must resist the urge to investigate and question the children to avoid any appearance of influence or coaching the children. For the LPC, it requires meticulous documentation of the outcries and the circumstances in which the outcries were made. This includes consistent communication with the parent who has brought the children for counseling, building a foundation of trust so that the LPC can determine if that parent is coaching the children.  

 

At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we take great care in managing the relationship between parent, LPC, and lawyer that is critical to the custody process. We are proud to say that we have helped several parents win custody and protect their children by working with experienced LPCs who have earned the respect of Judges through multiple cases. If you have concerns for the safety of your children, please contact our office as soon as possible. 


 

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