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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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Stay home, but don’t stand pat

| Mar 27, 2020 | Divorce |

I’ve recently talked to a couple of different clients who are ready for divorce, and would be moving forward on their plans if not for one thing. The big thing. The thing that’s everyone’s been thinking about and changing their routines around over the last few weeks.

The coronavirus pandemic, and the needed move toward social distancing, is certainly having an impact on how the courts operate and how we operate. To be clear: We’re still doing consultations and meeting with our established clients, though we’re doing so via video conference and phone calls. We’re still emailing clients back who email us questions and concerns — which can often, as we noted in this blog before, be the best way to contact us in non-emergencies.

Because we do a lot of our work on computers, we’re doing a lot of our work from home. There are still physical documents that we need to file in the courts, and we’re all still adopting to the rules of the stay-at-home order we’re currently under. But we’re considered essential employees when we travel to the courthouse to file documents, and the work of the courts is still going on.

What that should mean for you is even in this uncertain time of social distancing, if you are certain about getting divorced, you should move forward. If you’re just getting started, and you’re not yet ready to tell your spouse and file the original petition for divorce, you can do a lot of the homework right now.

You can download copies of bank statements, credit card statements, and other financial documents and send those over to our office. You can inventory all your assets, and we can help you determine if there’s anything that can be considered your separate property instead of community property. (Here’s an article that can answer some questions for you on that topic.)

If you have children, you can think about the parenting schedule that would work best — it could be the standard one that the Texas Family Code uses as a default, or it could be an alternative plan. (We have a whole series of articles that help you consider different times of the year and the needs of your children from birth through graduation.)

As a lawyer who remains calm in managing unexpected situations, I’m here to help you and to reassure you that you can get divorced even in these times. The pandemic’s not going to last forever, and we’re going to get through this.

We don’t know how long it’s going to take to succeed at social distancing, but we have the technology to allow life to go on even while we’re staying at a physical distance for each other. Divorce is often a decision that comes down to seeing a happier and better post-divorce life for you and your children. There’s no reason to put that off.

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