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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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Practice the art of giving in your divorce

| Dec 28, 2018 | Divorce, Emotional Support And Divorce |

It’s better to give than to receive. We say it a lot around the holiday season, and while some people might think it’s corny or cliché, there’s definitely truth to it. Seeing the face of a child light up, when he or she is opening a present you’ve selected, is one of the best things about the holidays.

It’s a good time of year to think about being generous of spirit as well as with gifts. If you’re currently undergoing a divorce, you might think about how you can extend the spirit of giving to your soon-to-be-ex, in order to make the divorce go more smoothly.

When we work with people divorcing in collaborative law or mediation, where the focus is on negotiation rather than litigation, we ask them at the outset what’s most important to them in the settlement. Perhaps the person we’re working with wants to keep the house, or wants a specific parenting schedule, or wants to make sure a retirement fund is left intact when dividing up the assets. It helps us to know what to keep off the table in a negotiation, and once we know what a person values most, we’ll make sure that’s part of the decree before we sign off on it.

But that also lets us know what’s less important to the person we’re working with – and therefore, what could be given up in order to make a settlement work out. If there’s something important to the other party that doesn’t matter as much to the person we’re working with, such as a parcel of land that’s part of the marital estate, it might be worth it to give that up to get the house or the parenting schedule or whatever else the person we’re working with values most.

There’s a parable we use in divorce negotiations involving an orange. Two people want the same orange – one wants the fruit for its juice, and one wants the peel for baking. It would be perceived as fair and equal to just divide the orange in two and give half to each person. But in this particular situation, the best solution for both of us isn’t the most obvious one – it requires talking to both parties to understand what division would make them happy.

Giving doesn’t have to just be about assets and schedules, either – the gift of a positive, solution-oriented attitude can make a divorce less hurtful than it has to be. It’s natural, in the emotional cauldron of a divorce, to want to lash out and express anger and resentment.

But it’s two different things to want to do it and to actually do it. By releasing those feelings in therapy, and coming into divorce negotiations with a goal of making it as professional and pleasant as possible for everyone, you’ll help yourself, you’ll help any children involved, and you’ll possibly get a more agreeable soon-to-be-ex in the process.

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