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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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How is a divorce consultation like a trip to the ER?

| Nov 13, 2017 | Consultation, Divorce, Family Law, San Antonio Family Law Blog |

I think the analogy of a consultation with a family law attorney being like a trip to the emergency room is an interesting one. Any trip to the ER, unfortunately, starts with someone in pain, and also may involve that person not knowing what’s wrong. Like an ER staff, a family lawyer is there to determine your situation and to place you on the road to recovery. 

In essence, that initial consultation works like an ER visit in that it helps you know what’s wrong, what to do, and give you a plan so as to not leave you out in the unknown. A consultation helps give you certainty and helps you understand how you can get back to normal.

The most important thing that happens in a consultation is for us to get the facts about your case so we can make a determination of what course of action is best. We want to determine whether your position is strong or weak, and if there are any ancillary issues to factor in.

If one party is in the military, we want to know that, as that may affect aspects of your case. If there’s domestic violence in your case, we definitely want to know that, as that will likely determine what route we’d go.

We also want to know what your priorities are for the divorce. You might want to go in guns blazing and litigate, but it might not be the best course of action for what you want to accomplish. We may determine, for instance, that keeping a case out of the courts may help you get what you want more expediently and with less risk, and so mediation or collaborative law might be the direction you’d ultimately want to go.

If we want to use the ER analogy, getting the facts is like getting the patient’s history, and doing the physical examination is what we do to synthesize the facts with our knowledge of the law. We give you our recommendation based on what we learn about your case and your position. After that, we come up with a tentative plan of action-which may need to be modified once we learn more about the opposing party.

We can also, like an ER doctor does, give you a prognosis about what we think might happen given what we know about the case. We also may, in the course of the case, learn things that will work in your favor. However, whereas a prognosis from an ER doctor is mostly going to remain the same as time goes on, a prognosis on your divorce can change drastically based on life-changing events out of your control.

In a consultation, we can also let you know what the various “treatment” options will cost. We make recommendations based on your budget and well as your priorities. Though we can’t predict with 100 percent certainty of how a case will go-just like an ER department can’t predict how long a hospital stay might be if you need to be admitted from the ER to a bed-we can give you a sense of what it will cost in best-case scenarios as well as with potential complications that might arise.

The Law Office of Lisa Vance gives people multiple options for settling a divorce. As I wrote in an earlier blog article, there are four main paths to get to a divorce decree, and we have lawyers who can serve as guides for each of those paths. As an ER visit might reveal an illness requiring a specialist, we can provide specialists in house to help you through litigation, mediation, collaborative law, or an uncontested divorce. But, like the ER, we can’t help you if you don’t come in-it’s better to know your options in how to get past your divorce and get back to being you.

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