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We are now accepting clients statewide in Texas.

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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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How should couples financially plan for divorce during the pandemic?

| Aug 28, 2020 | Finances And Divorce |

As you know by now, the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on the economy. Unemployment numbers are still staggering, even with a partial recovery from this past spring’s record highs. For parents that are still working, child care remains a concern. Workers have to balance responsibilities to their kids as well as their jobs, and there’s certainly no guarantee that kids will be able to return or remain in schools.

For people who are getting divorced, there’s additional stress that the pandemic brings the already-stressful occasion. As a general rule, when you’re figuring out your post-divorce finances, you need about 30 percent more income to maintain the same standard of living you had while married. You no longer share rent or mortgage experiences, utilities, or grocery expenses, and those things add up.

One of the most important pieces of advice we dispense for all divorcing clients is to make a budget. You need to know what you’re spending money on as well as how much money you’re bringing in each month. You also need to ask yourself the challenging question of what’s a need vs. what’s a want.

One option might be to meet with a financial advisor during this time, to address two factors that can be happening simultaneously. There’s certainly a financial impact for people who have lost jobs or seen downturns in income. But there’s also a psychological impact. Families dealing with the stress of both the pandemic and divorce could certainly use advice to help with financial matters.

If you’re divorcing collaboratively, of course, you have the option of bringing in a financial neutral who assesses assets and debts, and can play an advisory role in helping the divorcing couple navigate their post-divorce finances. But even if you don’t have that kind of divorce, involving a financial advisor in your planning is something you should do if you can.

For people who need to make more money — and for those who wish they had the option of working from home but can’t — this might be the time to plan to get more education. If you are eligible for spousal maintenance — and this article we created last year goes into it — this would be a good time to make the transition to the type of job you’ll need. (Both men and women can be eligible for spousal maintenance, by the way.)

It’s important to keep in mind that even in this very challenging year, it’s possible to get through your divorce with a solid financial plan that keeps you on a good footing. It might involve some difficult evaluation and assessment of where you are, but the divorce process can also help you get to where you need to be financially as well as emotionally.

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