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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.

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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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When a parent has his or her parental rights limited in the Texas Family Courts, it can be a devastating blow–or it can be a wake-up call that leads to meaningful life changes. I’ve seen many parents who undergo rehabilitation or anger management programs and come out better people and better parents.

But the law won’t automatically restore full rights back to those parents who find their rights curtailed by court orders. In fact, when a change is made to visitation or other parental rights in the Texas Family Code, the parents in that case sometimes have to wait a year before further modification can be made (unless there’s an emergency threatening the health or safety of the child).

 

Remember that the Texas Family Code is built around what’s best for a child, and a big reason for waiting at least a year between modification is to give children reasonable stability. In cases where parents are trying to get their rights restored, being able to show that they’ve committed to change over the long term will actually work to those parents’ advantage. Being sober for six months is obviously more impressive than being sober for six weeks, especially to a judge deciding on such a case.

 

But for parents who are unaware of this part of the Texas Family Code, who complete a program and expect to have rights instantly restored, it can be a shock.

 

You can–through an experienced family attorney working on your behalf–work out provisions for restoring your parental rights before an initial judgment is finalized. There, your attorney can request a timetable that allows you to demonstrate fitness to have your rights restored. That can get you your parental rights sooner and can keep you from having to seek modification later.

 

To this, however, you may have to make concessions or commit to court-ordered parameters that could cost you full rights if you violate the agreement. There’s no guarantee that a judge will grant what you and your attorney are requesting. The judge will typically look at what’s in the best interest of the child as a starting place.

 

There’s one important exception to the one-year rule: If the current situation is deemed to put a child at risk for irreparable physical or mental harm, the courts can step in and make an immediate change to the order. But that’s a challenging legal hurdle, particularly proving that the damage would be “irreparable.”

 

At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we have experience in helping parents gain full parental rights when those rights have been limited or curtailed. Of course, much of the work is on parents in those situations to commit to change and stick to it. But by talking to us as soon as you know that those rights are in danger, we can help ensure that your rights are restored as soon as possible.

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