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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 easy is it to change my name when I divorce?

| Jul 20, 2018 | Divorce, Name Changes And Divorce |

As you’re aware, it’s still customary for women in our society to adopt their husbands’ last names upon getting married. Others decide to hyphenate, keeping their own last names but attaching their husbands’ last names. In either case, when women decide to divorce, part of the journey to a new life often includes taking back one’s old name.

The best advice I can give is to make a name change part of the divorce decree – it’s the easiest way to facilitate a name change, and as you’re already paying to get a significant legal document through the courts, you might as well make your name change part of it!

It’s worth noting that you don’t have to change your name back to your original maiden name – as long as you’re deemed to be doing it for the right reasons, and not to avoid creditors or criminal investigation, you should be able to pick whatever name you want as part of the process. (For that matter, if the man wants to change his name – perhaps if both of them hyphenated and are thinking better of it – he can use the divorce decree to do that as well.)

It’s also worth noting that the idea doesn’t necessarily need to originate with the person changing the name. For instance, if a man involved in a divorce wants his wife to change her name, he can make that a condition of the negotiations. She doesn’t have to change her name if she doesn’t want to, of course, but it’s certainly possible to create incentives in the decree that would make a name change attractive where it might not be otherwise. The name change would then just be written into the decree.

Changing your name after the fact, on the other hand, can be a little more complicated. I remember one judge joking that it’s the most expensive “I to a Y” a person can make, and there’s some truth to that. If you’re changing your name after a divorce is final, you’ll have to follow regular procedure and start with a Texas Name Change Petition and Order.

In that process, you’ll also have to get fingerprints from a local law enforcement office and have those with you when you go to court to file. (That’s a step you don’t have to take if you’re doing a name change as part of your divorce.)

Once the divorce decree is signed by the judge, the name change is legal – however, the Texas DPS and the Social Security Office doesn’t know that. It’s still incumbent on the person changing her name to let those offices know to change those important legal documents.

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