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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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Avoiding Expensive Damage Control – Be Candid with Your Lawyer

| Apr 21, 2017 | Uncategorized |

During divorce, people worry about the invasion into their private lives over the course of their divorce case. People worry that arguments will get rehashed, that past or current relationships might be revealed, or that mistakes they’ve made will come back to haunt them. We as family law lawyers have heard no shortage of sordid tales that led our clients to our offices. Our job is not to judge you but to determine how to minimize the effects of your past mistakes.


If you’re going through a divorce, it’s critical that you let your lawyer know everything about your situation that might be brought up by the other side in the attempt to paint an unflattering picture of you. The dirty deeds will surface; it is much easier to control the effects as long as I know about them.

 

With full disclosure from the client, I can prepare an argument or strategy to get past those and get to what really matters in your case. When those “bad facts” exist, and they come up as surprises in litigation, it is more challenging to overcome or counteract the effect they have on your case.

 

Most commonly, this happens because people are embarrassed about some past or ongoing actions, and don’t want to bring them up. Sometimes, a client will bring a relative or friend for support when meeting with me and won’t want to say anything in front of that person. Other times, the client does not want me to think badly of him or her for having an affair, looking through a spouse’s phone, or taking other action that might be perceived as embarrassing.

 

In divorce, though, you want your lawyer to be in the best possible position to get you the best outcome possible. To do that, your lawyer must be prepared and armed with as much information about your case as possible, and without being completely candid with your lawyer, that can’t happen. I am unable to confront “bad facts” of which I am not aware.

 

When a client first meets with me, I do an interview that helps me to understand the specifics of that case. I specifically seek to bring out what he or she has done and what he or she thinks his or her spouse might try to bring up in a case. Often times, something that a client fears is a big deal isn’t likely to affect the case as adversely as the client anticipates (or even at all). But I can’t give a client that reassurance if I don’t know about the prior misdeeds worrying that client.

 

So, as judges say when they swear someone in on the witness stand, tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when you’re talking to your lawyer. Avail yourself of the protection of attorney-client privilege. Being candid at the outset will help you in the long run by avoiding expensive damage control.

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