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

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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.


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 factors affect the cost of a Child Protective Services case?

| Aug 17, 2018 | Child Protective Services (CPS) |

No two Child Protective Services (CPS) cases are the same, so it’s hard to conclusively and definitively say how much it will cost you to defend yourself in a CPS case. If your right to parent your child is at risk because of a CPS investigation, you’ll certainly want to do whatever you can to keep from losing that right. It is helpful, however, to know what forces might drive those cost up.

First of all, the nature of the allegations will factor in to the complexity of the case, and therefore how intensely it will involve your lawyer. If the allegations are severe enough to merit an emergency removal, as opposed to just an investigation, it will be more challenging – and typically take more hours for your legal team – to successfully advocate on your behalf. While it’s possible to fight for access to your child in an emergency removal situation, CPS is obviously less inclined to grant it.

There are also costs involved with some elements of a plan allowing for reunification. For example, if a parent has substance abuse issues, and needs treatment for those issues before reunification can take place, that can dramatically increase the cost involved. Certainly though, if those issues exist, it’s worth it to address them and be clean going forward.

It’s also possible that a case could involve addressing criminal charges as well as whatever CPS brings forward. Depending on the nature and severity of the criminal charges, it can add significant time and cost to defend against those. Obviously, if the defense against the criminal charges isn’t successful, or if there’s a plea bargain requiring jail time, it complicates the reunification plan considerably. But even if a criminal defense is successful, it adds to the CPS side of the workload.

It’s also costly, but sometimes necessary, to deal with other family members who might want to intervene in the care of the child. This can start with litigating interim placement – if you feel strongly about who shouldn’t be in your child’s life, and the court is trying to award that interim placement to someone you feel isn’t a good fit – and can extend all the way to a legal battle for who will ultimately get custody of the child.

At the Law Office of Lisa Vance, we will review your case in an initial consultation that covers what complicating factors there are in your case, and let you know what initial retainer is necessary for us to move forward in your case. While we’ll talk to you about strategies that will help you keep legal costs down over the entire process, we’ll also be frank and realistic about what your case will entail – based on our experience in cases just like yours, as well as cases that are even more costly and complicated than yours. 

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