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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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What new gun laws in Texas mean for your safety in divorce and CPS cases

| Jun 25, 2021 | Firm News |

If you’ve been following the Texas Legislature this session, you know that there are some new gun laws passed which, generally speaking, make it easier for people to have guns in Texas. That includes a new permitless carry law which allows Texans to carry handguns without a license or training starting Sept. 1.

As the Texas Tribune reported, “House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun.” The article went on to clarify:

The Senate tacked on several amendments to address concerns by law enforcement groups that opposed permitless carry, worried it would endanger officers and make it easier for criminals to get guns.

The compromise lawmakers reached behind closed doors kept intact a number of changes the Senate made to the House bill, including striking a provision that would have barred officers from questioning people based only on their possession of a handgun.

The deal also preserves a Senate amendment enhancing the criminal penalties for felons and family violence offenders caught carrying. Among other Senate changes that made it into the law was a requirement that the Texas Department of Public Safety offer a free online course on gun safety.

So what does this mean for Texans concerned about an ex or soon-to-be-ex with guns? The good thing is it doesn’t overturn rules about who can’t have guns because of domestic violence convictions. However, if the person you’re concerned about hasn’t yet broken laws, the new legislation can make it easier for that person to have a firearm around you and your kids.

If you’re in a case involving domestic violence, in which your spouse or ex has been arrested on charges, generally their bond conditions in the criminal matter will apply to that person while awaiting trial, and those will most certainly include provisions preventing that person from carrying firearms under any circumstances.

If it’s a divorce case you’re in, temporary orders can protect you and your kids even if you’re not concerned about domestic violence — but, rather, just safety issues regarding guns. While there is a standard list of items in temporary orders meant to keep people cordial and safe during the divorce process, you can also specify additional provisions, like making sure your spouse has all firearms locked away during that spouse’s parenting time or during exchanges in which kids are going from one parent’s supervision to the other’s.

If temporary orders are violated, the party violating those can be held in contempt of court, can be made to pay fines for those violations, and could have that bad behavior work to his or her disadvantage when the divorce case gets heard before a judge. However, it often falls to the concerned party and his or her legal team to raise concerns and to file a motion for enforcement of the gun safety provisions in order to move things forward.

If you’re concerned about a spouse or an ex with guns, and the new legislation makes you more concerned than you were previously, the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance will be able to help you determine what steps you can take legally to protect yourself, as well as what else you might be able to do outside of legal remedies. While the current round of laws passed are likely to bring more guns into public spaces throughout the state, you can still take steps to make sure that you and your kids are safe.

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