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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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The Texas Supreme Court: There’s more on the ballot than you think

| Oct 9, 2020 | Judges, San Antonio Life |

Early voting is set to start in Texas next week, and you’re obviously aware of the election by now. Even with a global pandemic that’s transformed our lives, the first Tuesday in November has been on many people’s radars for months now. While Texans are familiar with the Presidential race, the race for Senate, and Congressional races, they might not be aware that four Texas Supreme Court races are underway.

In Texas, the state’s Supreme Court positions are determined by election, and the candidates affiliate by party. The races are important, because the Texas Supreme Court rules on a great number of matters, including some that impact the Texas Family Code. Though you might be accustomed to voting by party affiliation, you can’t necessarily know everything about how an individual judge might rule by the D, R, or L next to his or her name.

If you’re voting in Bexar County, you’ll see the judges listed as so on your ballot:

CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT
NATHAN HECHT – REPUBLICAN
AMY CLARK MEACHUM –  DEMOCRATIC
MARK ASH –  LIBERTARIAN

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6 – UNEXPIRED TERM
JANE BLAND – REPUBLICAN
KATHY CHENG – DEMOCRATIC

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 7
JEFF BOYD – REPUBLICAN
STACI WILLIAMS – DEMOCRATIC
WILLIAM BRYAN STRANGE III – LIBERTARIAN

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 8
BRETT BUSBY – REPUBLICAN
GISELA D. TRIANA – DEMOCRATIC
TOM OXFORD – LIBERTARIAN

A recent KUT Radio article on the Texas Supreme Court races, pointedly titled, “Hey Voter, The Texas Supreme Court Has Seats To Fill Too,” noted:

If you want to know how judicial candidates will rule in specific cases, too bad. Judicial ethics rules prevent them from saying so, and public comments on a case can be used by attorneys to argue a certain judge should be removed.

Judicial campaigns, consequently, often revolve around experience, party affiliation and a more general judicial “approach.”

If you’re looking for information on the candidates, the excellent League of Women Voters of Texas issues a nonpartisan voters’ guide that provides valuable information. They ask the same questions of the candidates and share the responses in the guide. It’s worth reviewing the whole guide before you go vote, especially for those races you’re unfamiliar with. While the questions to the judicial candidates stay pretty general, their answers will give you a sense of how they reason and where their values lie.

No matter how you’re voting this year, you should have a plan to vote and vote safely. If you’re planning to vote by mail and meet the requirements to do so in Texas, you need to apply to get your ballot. If you’re voting early or on Election Day, you should know which polling place you’re going to, have your voter card or ID ready when you do vote, and you obviously want to take the necessary protections to protect yourself (and others) from coronavirus. It’s going to be a historic election you want to take part in.

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