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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.

WE ARE WORKING!

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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In a previous article, we discussed some strategies for potentially keeping the cost down in a divorce, and one of the key ways to do that was to make sure you try to keep discussions with your lawyers to legal matters. That’s not to say that emotions won’t sometimes find their way into conversations you have with your lawyer throughout the divorce, and we’re definitely here to lend a shoulder to cry on when the occasion calls for it.


But it’s important to keep in mind, as you go through the divorce process, that your lawyer is not your counselor. Ideally, as you go through your divorce, you should have both a lawyer and a counselor.

 

There’s an obvious financial incentive to pay a counselor rather than a lawyer to delve into the emotions of divorce, as a lawyer’s hourly rate is typically more expensive than a counselor’s hourly rate. But there’s a more important reason to heed the advice that your lawyer is not your counselor: The training they have and the work they do is distinctly different.

 

Your lawyer is there to guide you through the legal process of divorce. It’s natural to want to talk through emotions as you’re going through divorce, as they’re often very powerful and very profound. And at the outset, it’s useful for your lawyer to know how you’re feeling, how you feel about taking on the conflict of litigation vs. the negotiation of an alternative dispute resolution method, and what you want out of your divorce. Any good family lawyer knows and is prepared for the emotion that can come with divorce.

 

But what a lawyer can’t do as well as a counselor is help you through the stages of grief and the healing process that happens in any divorce. Counselors are specifically trained to work with clients on their emotions and their personal development, to listen, to empathize, but also to move forward.

 

Working with a counselor can be challenging, and it can take a number of hourly sessions to make breakthroughs, but many who seek counseling during divorce come out better equipped to live their post-divorce lives. We’re a group of lawyers who want you to have fantastic post-divorce lives, but by the nature of the work we do, our focus is on the divorce itself, working to give you the assets and the parenting schedule in a settlement to anchor your post-divorce life.

 

What you do once you get that settlement is up to you. We are, of course, happy to recommend counselors to you should you seek to work on the emotions of divorce as you’re going through divorce. Of course, we’re here to listen, and we understand the need to occasionally vent when the divorce process becomes frustrating. But it’s important that you assemble the people on your team who can best address the various components of a divorce, and focus your conversations with your lawyer on getting to settlement.

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