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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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What does the next Supreme Court pick mean for gay marriage?

| Jan 20, 2017 | LGBTQ Family Law |

As we are aware, one of the biggest issues related to last year’s Presidential elections was the Supreme Court nominee selection after the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Although President Obama picked a well-respected and qualified partisan candidate to replace Justice Scalia, the Republican-held Senate decided to sit on that nomination for over 11 months with the hope that a new Republican President would choose the next Supreme Court Justice. Now, with President Trump, we are about to soon see the executive nomination, and a Senate who will be more willing to act on this nominee.


This has a lot of people who support LGBTQ rights concerned, especially gay and lesbian couples wanting to get married. There are a number of couples who have even felt pressure to plan weddings in the immediate days following the election, out of fear that a new Supreme Court might overturn the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that ruled the right to marriage is guaranteed to same-sex couples under the Constitution.

 

I am here to stress that while concerns are understandable, rerouting one’s life plan may be they’re premature.

 

Regardless of the incoming justice and how conservative they may be, when Obergefell v. Hodges was decided in 2015, Justice Scalia was on the losing side of the 5-4 vote. The five Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage are still on the court today.

 

Also, the current docket of cases the Supreme Court–determined in the fall for a nine-month session that generally follows the school year schedule–does not include a case in which the 2015 ruling would come up for review. While it may be it is possible to rush a case into the schedule, it is not likely.

 

Although it might not be reassuring to citizens who are currently concerned about how the court might change, some nominees from conservative presidents previously and currently serving on the court have actually ended up being far more liberal in their decision making causing verdicts to be decided in an unexpected way in a number of cases.

 

My concern for LGBTQ couples who may not be ready for marriage is that they might feel that they have to hurriedly move forward now without the same insight and forethought they would have had, had they waited, and then discover that they want to divorce later.

 

Marriage does offer some legal protections to couples that are beneficial, but there are a range of options in probate law that offer similar protections–particularly documents granting power of attorney and medical power of attorney rights. You can also use a pre-nuptial agreement to show your intention of getting married, and write protections into that document.

 

Ultimately, what you need from a lawyer depends on what your specific concerns are, and the best way to determine that is to have a meeting with a family lawyer who works with LGBTQ couples. I am proud to be one of those lawyers, working for a firm that has long championed the rights of our LGBTQ clients. Rest assured that if even if you’re not ready for marriage, you have rights that can be protected and that will allow you to move forward confidently as a couple.

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