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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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Domestic violence and coronavirus in Bexar County: What to know and what to do

| Apr 3, 2020 | Child Protective Services (CPS), Domestic Violence |

We’re in uncertain times right now. That’s especially true for people who face the threat of domestic violence. It’s not just that we’re practicing social distancing, and that people who are in abusive relationships are having to be around each other more, though that’s certainly a big part of the equation.

There’s a great deal of financial uncertainty right now. When people lose their jobs or are having financial uncertainty, it can contribute to feelings of anger or hurt or a loss of control. And speaking of a loss of control, because we don’t know how long we’ll have to practice social distancing, we don’t have control over our own schedules or when we’ll be able to come back to something approaching normal.

That all adds up to a number of those prone to domestic violence acting out, and in Bexar County, we’re sadly seeing an increase in cases during these recent uncertain times. According to a KENS story that ran last week, domestic violence calls are up 21 percent over this time last year. I’m concerned about this trend,  as we get deeper into this period of social distancing, and as more and more people experience financial hardship over time, that this trend will move up rather than down.

The good news is that the courts, and lawyers like me and the rest of the team at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance are here to help with protective orders, CPS cases, or any other legal matters pertaining to family violence. In Bexar County, applications for protective orders qualify as “essential matters” throughout the state.

Hearings are being held in Bexar County via Zoom, and as of this Monday, the entire civil docket is online, with priority continuing to vest with “essential matters” cases.

And, as this WOAI story noted recently noted, San Antonio’s Battered Women and Children’s Shelter is open. Women needing refuge to escape domestic violence should call (210) 733-8810 to take a first step to safety.

For those needing to make a plan, the National Domestic Violence Hotline website is an excellent resource. This link covers how to create a safety plan, which the organization defines as “a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave.” This link also covers things to be specifically aware of during the current pandemic.

It’s a difficult time we’re all going through, but no one should have to experience domestic violence on top of everything else they’re experiencing right now. If you need out, and there’s a legal component to what you need, we’re here for you.

 

 

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