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The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.

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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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Why do I have to pay for an initial consultation?

| Jun 15, 2018 | Divorce, Initial Consultation |

Most people view a consultation with a law firm as a quick discussion to determine what the lawyer can do to help the potential client. At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we want to use our consultations with potential clients to effectively determine the best course of action in any particular case.

At our firm, your consultation starts before your first meeting with an attorney. Your initial phone call includes a screening process which serves many purposes, including determining the type of case we’re dealing with and pinpointing any obvious factors that might complicate the litigation. This information helps me use the initial consultation to get more familiar with the person I’ll be representing, but more importantly, to walk through what options we have and to determine the best course of action for moving forward.

When I meet with someone for the first time, I’m certainly looking to get to know that person and his or her story. In fact, I often begin by asking the person what prompted his or her decision to schedule a consultation with an attorney. It could be a slow build-up of frustrations, an instant angry reaction to some breach of trust, or it could be more complicated than that. I ask that question not only to open the lines of communication, but also to assess what the immediate issues are, the level of conflict between the parties, and what the potential client really wants out of the litigation.

While I get a lot of information up front, as do the other lawyers in the firm, the initial consultation provides me the opportunity to gain an intuitive understanding of how the relationship will work. It’s also helpful to analyze which attorney in our firm will best fit a potential client’s needs, as well as to develop a litigation plan, in order to facilitate the ability to begin work on a case at the time of hiring.

Of utmost importance during the consultation, potential clients must be totally honest, both in what you’re saying and in what you’re feeling. I recently had a consultation – not my first of this kind, to be sure – during which the potential client finally revealed a key detail just before the scheduled end of our consultation that made the case much more complicated. While it was good to know that then, it would have been more cost-effective to address the detail up front to avoid backtracking in developing a litigation plan. To that end, know that everything you say in your consultation is confidential and that we at the Law Office of Lisa Vance are not judging, but simply gathering information to provide the most effective representation possible.

Finally, we also use the initial consultation to review how the billing process works, and how much the initial retainer will be. Please know there is no way we can estimate how much a case will cost in total. We can’t control what the other party does, only what we do. We can project how it will go if the other party is cooperative vs. combative, as well as how going to court might add to the price tag. We can also talk about ways you can lower the costs of your representation by taking an active role in your case and by addressing issues early on.

Our consultations are so much more than a quick determination of whether we can help. We use our consultations with the focus of transitioning into representation seamlessly. We want to get to know you but also to determine how we can best tailor our representation to achieve what’s best for you and your family.

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