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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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You can represent yourself in an uncontested divorce in Bexar County — but do you want to?

| Apr 26, 2021 | San Antonio Family Law Blog, Uncontested Divorce |

If you’re looking to get an uncontested divorce in Bexar County, you’re able to represent yourself in the legal proceedings involved with finalizing your decree. They even provide a handy online guide to help you navigate the system. 

But even that document warns you right off, “The Bexar County Civil District Courts do not encourage anyone to pursue or defend a divorce, paternity, custody, or any other civil suit without the assistance of a lawyer. Representing yourself in a legal matter is difficult. Most non-lawyers find it frustrating and time-consuming. A divorce suit has long-term consequences and affects important legal rights. That is why we strongly recommend you consult with a lawyer.” 

This is important because you may not be aware of what your rights and responsibilities are in a divorce. If you’re in an uncontested divorce, it’s possible that you may have not even checked in with a lawyer, thinking there’s no need for that expense if you’re not going to court. But a lawyer isn’t just in your corner to litigate: A lawyer lets you know what laws might affect you and protect you during and after the divorce. 

The document also specifies that “Uncontested means that both sides agree on everything — such as money, property and children related to the divorce, and have no disagreements — either in the beginning or as the case develops. Even if your case is uncontested, we strongly urge you to talk to an attorney to make sure your legal rights — and those of your children — are protected.” 

That’s important for obvious reasons. There’s also something else to keep in mind — you might discover, in the process of talking through your divorce with a lawyer, that you suddenly may have an issue to contest. For instance, let’s say you used part of an inheritance you received before you got married to put a down payment on a house you’re now looking to sell. You may be entitled to a different amount of money than you’re agreeing to, based on you and your soon-to-be-ex’s understanding of what’s fair. If you go back with that knowledge and there’s suddenly disagreement over what’s rightfully yours, you could end up with an issue that changes the whole dynamic of the divorce. 

If you have children, you also want to think about the divorce decree. What you and the other party have agreed to may work for you now, but you’ll have to determine if that will work for you in three years or five years or ten years. If it won’t, you may need a different decree than you are about to sign, and you may have something more to negotiate. 

Even if you feel that you’re in concordance with your soon-to-be-ex, it’s a good idea to do at least a consultation with a lawyer to make sure you’re making the best decision for you and your children. The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance can advise you on the best course of action to take, including whether an uncontested divorce is really the best thing for you. While it might be the easiest path to getting divorced, it might not be the best. 

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