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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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Does a successful mediation mean my divorce is final?

| Jun 26, 2020 | Mediation |

I want to start this article by saying that I think mediation, on the whole, is a great way for certain couples to negotiate a divorce decree or to settle on a post-divorce modification. If a couple is wanting to settle a decree or modify it, but there are a few issues that are getting in the way, finding a solution through mediation can be a quicker, less rancorous, and less expensive way to settle it than the courtroom would.

For couples who can take a half-day or full-day in mediation to get terms worked out, mediation can feel like a godsend.

One issue that people don’t necessarily think about, though, is that a mediation session doesn’t necessarily mean that the divorce is final. Once a mediation is determined, the final decree still needs to be officially written and signed by the parties. Of course, at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, we look to work as quickly as possible following mediation to get the decree written, printed, signed by the parties, and off to the judge for approval.

It’s best to get a decree signed while what it took to get there remains top of mind for both parties, and it’s also possible that the more it lingers, the less confident someone might be in the terms agreed to in the mediation.

But sometimes, even if you and your lawyer are quick to move, your spouse may have doubts or new questions after the mediation that get in the way. In some cases, it can require the lawyer representing the more ready-to-go side to file a motion to finish the decree. While it doesn’t call for the same level of cooperation that a collaborative divorce does, it’s helpful for lawyers in a mediation to determine a realistic time frame for getting from a mediation to signed documents.

We make that a point of emphasis at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance in our mediations. We value alternative dispute resolutions for the creativity they engender and the control they give each of the parties in determining the courses of their post-divorce lives. And yet, we also consider the most important word in alternative dispute resolution to be resolution. Without that, a mediation is just a conversation about how a divorce or modification might be settled.

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