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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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Tell your lawyer the truth (even if you think it’s bad)

| Jun 28, 2019 | Consultation, Ethics In Divorce |

In both divorce and custody cases, a lot of dirty laundry can be aired, and a lot of closets can be open to reveal the skeletons within. When you’re married to someone, you learn a lot about them, and it’s very possible that your bad traits, failings, and worst moments make it into a court case where the future of your children is being decided.

In a lot of cases, the parties are civil and don’t bring these sorts of things up in the proceedings – but some cases are more contentious than others, and if you have a contested case that is going to court, you should expect the worst to come up in court. And your lawyer should know to expect it too.

The absolute worst thing to do in a contested case is to lie about or withhold information that could affect your case. For example, if you struggle with drugs, and you don’t tell your attorney, or you say you’re not using them, when in fact you are using them, that could come up in a case. If you don’t prepare your lawyer for those allegations, your lawyer will be caught off guard and may not be prepared to defend you against a possible request for you to take a drug test the other party knows you’ll fail.

By contrast, if you let your lawyer know that you’re struggling with a drug addiction, you can become proactive and start treatment, so when the issue comes up, your lawyer has a ready defense. If your lawyer’s able to say something like, “My client wouldn’t be able to pass a drug test today, but is on his way to getting and staying clean,” that’s better than suddenly being faced with new information that will derail a case.

The thing about telling the truth when it comes to your lawyer is that is has to be the whole truth. Your lawyer will be able to know if something you’re embarrassed to bring up, or something you’ve done that concerns you, will make a substantial difference in your case.

Some items, like infidelity, don’t make as big a difference as you might think, provided substantial community property isn’t being diverted to a lover. But other items, like diverting community assets into an individual account, substance abuse, or spousal abuse, will be taken seriously and have the potential to greatly affect your case. There’s a huge difference between difficult matters your lawyer can prepare for and ones that leave your lawyer unprepared.

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