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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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Zoom Court: How You Should Dress, Act, and Interact with Your Lawyer

| Apr 24, 2020 | Courtroom Decorum, Divorce |

By Crystal Pacheco

Last week, we shared an article covering the basics of court cases being met through Zoom, with the big takeaway that Zoom court is still court, and should be treated as such. Even though you’re not physically present in a courtroom, you should dress and act like you are, whether you’re logging into a hearing from your home or your lawyer’s office.

Some lawyers will tell clients to dress in their “Sunday best” or as they would for a “job interview,” but that can still mean different things to different people. We like to be more specific in what we tell our clients. For women, that means a dress, a business suit, or at least a business-appropriate top and a skirt or coordinated pants and a blazer. For men, a jacket, tie, collared shirt, and slacks are most appropriate, though just a collared shirt and tie can suffice. Even when you’re just pixels on a screen, dressing up communicates respect, and it’ll help put you in the proper frame of mind for court.

As long as you’re not sick, you may be able to go to your lawyer’s office for court, as it’s considered essential business. At the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, we have a conference room big enough to keep a proper distance between the lawyer and the client. We have learned that most of our clients who testify want us at their side, and we are available. If our clients are not testifying however, many of us are Zooming our court appearances from home.

Typically, in court, the lawyer and client would sit next to each other and pass a notepad back and forth with any questions or comments. I’m finding, in this Zoom court environment, that texting is best for that.

While there is a chat function on Zoom, I’d steer clear of a client using that at all. While we’re on that subject, make sure that your mic is muted and stays muted for the duration of a hearing — unless, of course, you’re specifically called upon by the judge to speak. A Zoom court hearing is like an in-person court hearing in that it’s best, as a client, to be quiet, and to try not to react to what’s been said. Grumpy faces are frowned up; in a Zoom meeting, a speaker may be very close to the web camera and so we have to be careful about our facial expressions!

If your soon-to-be ex is on the stand and saying things that aren’t true, that can be infuriating, but showing emotion has the potential to work against you. You don’t want to roll your eyes or express anger or do anything else that might raise a judge’s eyebrows. Know that there will be time to directly address it with your lawyer, as there are breaks in Zoom hearings as well as in-person hearings where you’re able to directly communicate with your lawyer.

We always ask my clients to listen to us and understand that court work is our home place, as court is very familiar to our lawyers and but likely very unfamiliar to our clients. We go into the courtroom with a mission to advocate for our clients. We do so knowing a judge’s expectations around courtroom decorum, and how to best advocate for you in that climate. The Zoom landscape is new for all of us doing court, and it’s taken some getting used to. But a court proceeding, even when it’s done via computer, is not new for those of us at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance.

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