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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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Mediation: You Get What You Pay For

| Sep 21, 2018 | Mediation |

I’ve recently been working on a number of mediation cases. I’m glad that we offer it as a service at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, as it’s the perfect solution for some couples who are seeking divorces. They may not have the number of issues or intensity of issues needing litigation to sort it out, but they also might not be able to sort out their divorce decree on their own.

What’s struck me in these recent mediation cases I’ve worked on is how my experience along a full spectrum of divorce cases has helped me. I have a sense of how issues we’re trying to manage through mediation might play out in a court or through other alternative dispute resolutions.

One of the risks that comes with trying to settle a case through mediation is that you’re asking a couple, over a half-day or a full-day session, to come to a decision on issues they’ve fought over. Mediation often asks both sides to move toward a compromise, and asks them to do so fairly quickly. The temptation can be, if one party feels that the compromise isn’t acceptable, to walk away from mediation and hope that court provides a more victorious outcome.

A mediator who doesn’t have significant court experience might not be able to adequately convey what might happen in court. Conversely, a mediator who does have significant court experience can talk about outcomes more knowledgeably, and can give the parties a better sense of how a proposed decree might compare to how a judge would rule if it were left up to a judge, through litigation, to determine the decree for the parties.

While collaborative law experience isn’t essential to the mediation process, it’s helpful to mediators to have seen firsthand the solutions come up with in the collaborative law process.

Both mediation and collaborative law allow couples to be creative and flexible in how they settle their divorces. In litigation, judges will typically choose from a narrow range of options in settling a dispute.

For example, if there’s a house being disputed in a divorce case, the judge might decide to have the house put up for sale and to have the couple split the profits from the sale.

The couple might, however, prefer for the house to stay intact, and compensate the person who gives up the rights to the house with other assets. Mediation allows for that to happen – in the end, if the solutions are agreeable to both parties, the mediator can make sure those are in the final decree.

If mediation is an option you’re exploring, it helps to ask your potential mediator questions about his or her experience in family law – not just mediation – as well as how he or she does mediations. Also remember that a mediator is there to help you settle a dispute in the way that a judge would, in that you can’t have the mediator provide you legal counsel. The mediator, however, will be invested in helping you get to a resolution within a defined time frame – and with a structure that can produce a settlement in ways that more open-ended litigation or collaborative law processes can’t. 

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