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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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Court via Zoom: It’s Actually, Really Court (and Here’s How It Works)

| Apr 17, 2020 | Divorce |

By Crystal Pacheco

As we’ve mentioned in an earlier blog article, Bexar County has shifted to doing court hearings via Zoom. Most people are aware of what Zoom is by now, but just to make sure we’re all on the same page, it’s a video conferencing platform that you can use on a web browser or a smartphone app to meet in real time. Provided you turn your camera and microphone on, it allows you to be seen and heard and to see and hear others.

It’s become an invaluable tool for courts, educators, and businesses during this era of social distancing, because it allows people to meet and collaborate during this time when we all must stay in our homes. But, as many of you are likely experiencing, it can sometimes be challenging to separate your home as a place where you relax, unwind, and wear what you want from a home that substitutes as your place of work.

There was an incredible story earlier this week from the Miami Herald, in which a Broward County judge had to remind lawyers — lawyers! — to show proper decorum in his Zoom courtroom. As the paper reporter, he wrote in a letter posted on a bar association website:

It is remarkable how many ATTORNEYS appear inappropriately on camera. We’ve seen many lawyers in casual shirts and blouses, with no concern for ill-grooming, in bedrooms with the master bed in the background, etc. One male lawyer appeared shirtless and one female attorney appeared still in bed, still under the covers. And putting on a beach cover-up won’t cover up [the fact that] you’re poolside in a bathing suit. So, please, if you don’t mind, let’s treat court hearings as court hearings, whether Zooming or not.

In next week’s article, we’ll go more into depth on how to dress and how to interact with your lawyer when you’re attending court online. But the important thing to remember is that the same rules that apply in court, especially when it comes to respect for the judge, apply in court via Zoom.

We’re learning things along the way. Initially, lawyers would exchange evidence when a courtroom was first opening up on Zoom, and now, we’re doing it even earlier in the interest of moving the process along. There are some technical difficulties that can cause some delays, and I can sense that’s adding to the frustration that some judges are feeling in Zoom court moving slower than an in-person courtroom proceeding.

But the important bottom line here is that cases are on the docket and they are moving through — not nearly with the same speed than if we were physically at the courthouse, but they are moving. So, if you’re soon due to go to court to settle your divorce, modify your decree, or hear a different family law matter, know that it might be through an online platform, and it might take a little longer to get on the docket than you thought it would, but that it will happen.

 

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