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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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What do I do when Child Protective Services lets me know I’m under investigation?

| Aug 24, 2018 | Child Protective Services (CPS) |

The first thing to do, when you’re notified by Child Protective Services (CPS), is to remain calm. It’s certainly a frightening prospect to lose your children, and that can be the ultimate outcome in some cases, but know that CPS doesn’t want to separate a child from a parent permanently unless the parent poses a clear and profound danger to the child.

The fear induced by CPS can manifest in panic or anger. Neither of those emotions will helps reassure CPS or, more importantly, the child in question that the parent has their emotions in check. So, remaining calm is critical.

You also want to make sure you know what’s going on. If there’s an investigation underway, and there’s a home visit planned, find out as many specifics as you can prior to the visit. And then, of course, you’ll want to prepare for the visit by taking obvious steps like cleaning the house and stocking the fridge.

You also might look at your social media accounts to make sure there’s nothing there that could be used against you in an investigation. You don’t have to delete accounts entirely, of course, but do be sure to look at how you appear to anyone coming across your profiles from the outside.

You should also be ready to ask questions and take notes. If you don’t involve a lawyer at this stage, but plan to involve a lawyer at some point, it’s best to take thorough notes and then have them available for the lawyer when you do finally meet. Even if you don’t think you’ll involve a lawyer at all, the notes will help you understand CPS’s case and how to best deal with it.

You should also be as courteous and respectful as possible to anyone with CPS. Though CPS officials are bound by certain laws and guidelines on how to proceed, they’re also human beings, and the better you can make the interactions, the better chance you have of creating sympathetic and even productive relationships with caseworkers and other CPS officials who will work on your case.

If your child is to be removed from your home, CPS will have to notify you in writing about their decision, which will include a legal document known as the “Petition” that will state specific reasons for the removal. Once you’ve been able to review that and understand the state’s case for removal, it’s possible to work with CPS on a plan for reunification.

The Texas Bar Association has produced this online brochure detailing the CPS process and your rights within that process. It’s a good idea to read this and to make sure you understand it. If you determine, from reading this, that it’s too daunting to try to deal with this process alone, the Law Office of Lisa Vance can help you. Call to schedule an appointment – we can step in, help you understand what you’re facing, and how to best address the situation. We’ve seen all kinds of CPS cases over the years, and it’s very likely that your situation is similar to others we’ve successfully resolved.

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