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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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How can an attorney help you with your pro se divorce?

| May 26, 2017 | Divorce, Pro Se Divorce |

The very definition of a pro se divorce is one without attorneys. When two parties want to avail themselves of the legal process without involving an attorney, they can do so under pro se divorce provisions. And yet, involving a lawyer to help–under what we call Limited Scope services–can bring you a faster, better divorce than if you truly go on your own.   


In Bexar County, a pro se divorce involves the Staff Attorney’s Office with the Bexar County Civil District Courts. But as the Court makes clear, the staff attorney will not serve as your attorney, will not give you legal advice, and will not help you complete documents that you are submitting to the court. The attorney is merely there to make sure the documents meet the requirements for filing a pro se divorce.

 

Given the limitations of what the staff attorney can do to help couples pursuing a pro se divorce, you can definitely benefit from the involvement of an experienced family law attorney familiar with the Bexar County District Court system.

 

The first reason to have a lawyer review your proposed divorce decree is to make sure that you’re actually doing what you think your documents are saying you’re doing.

 

It’s important to note, when you’re doing this, that you’re not “sharing” a lawyer with your spouse to advise you. A lawyer can only technically advise one of the parties, even though both parties can be present for whatever explanations are happening. It can still remain a pro se divorce, even with this counsel, as long as both parties remain in agreement over the decree.

 

If the other party has questions that come up in the review, then that party should get a lawyer to represent him or her in the proceedings.

 

Sometimes, in the process of both parties reviewing a pro se divorce, what was thought to be an uncontested divorce becomes contested, more complicated, and needs lawyers to help them get toward a decree they can both sign off on. But it’s better to know that sooner rather than later in the process, and to not be surprised at the last minute by what’s actually in the decree.

 

In Bexar County, having an experienced family lawyer involved also speeds up the process. A lawyer here at the Law Office of Lisa Vance can take a pro se divorce to the courts, and get it on the docket faster than a couple would on their own. Pro se divorces in Bexar County typically have a six-month waiting period after the Staff Attorney’s Office has reviewed the documents.

 

For example, if I bring an uncontested pro se case to the courts, I can get it resolved between docket calls. For couples who thought they didn’t want to involve a lawyer at all, that specific, limited scope engagement allows them to wrap up their divorce six months sooner– and can prove well worth the investment.

 

If you’re a couple looking to move a pro se divorce through the courts, be it in Bexar County or one of the other surrounding counties we practice in, we’d love to help. Schedule a time with me or one of my colleagues here, to help you make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. 

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