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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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Can I get my parental rights reinstated?

| Jul 16, 2021 | Child Protective Services (CPS), Fathers' Rights, Parental Rights |

Thanks to a new law that’s been passed in the Texas Legislature during the 2021 session, there’s a pathway for people who have lost their parental rights in Texas to get them back. It’s a big deal, because in the past, once your parental rights were terminated, they were gone forever, and there was no way to get them back, even if you felt that you were deserving of a second chance. 

Let’s say, for instance, that you lost your parental rights because you were battling a drug problem. But let’s also say that through some combination of counseling, therapy and/or rehab — whatever it took to get you straight — you’ve cleaned up and you feel that you can function as a parent for your children again. The new legislation, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, allows a path for that to happen. 

The Texas Observer had a recent article that has some insight into what this law does. One important thing to note: the new law “only grants a pathway to parents whose rights were involuntarily terminated: In other words, parents who went to court in a lawsuit brought by Child Protective Services, instead of signing away their rights willingly. Parents who voluntarily signed their children away to the state, another family member, or a foster or adoptive home, will not be eligible to use this new avenue to reunite their families.” 

But, if you are in a situation where you tried to fight for your parental rights and lost, this law could allow you to at least gain some rights back — and it certainly gives an extra level of incentive for parents in Texas to not voluntarily relinquish their parental rights. 

I consider myself an advocate for children, which means knowing that for many children in many situations, it’s best to have the parents involved in those children’s lives. In some cases, a parent can experience a traumatic situation or extreme stress or some other difficulty, and that could potentially lead to drug use or other behavior that might compromise a parent’s ability to tend to a child’s needs. And in those cases, that compromised ability might be a temporary thing. 

It is possible for parents, under this new rule, to have a “second bite of the apple,” as it were. As we do in cases regarding custody and parenting rights, we advise clients to make sure they’re making the best possible cases for themselves if they’re trying to go before a judge to get parental rights reinstated. That means actively dealing with any addictions or anger management issues or anything else that could contribute to their ability to parent being questioned. 

We also do expect that a number of these cases will go before the courts once the new legislation has become legally effective on September 1, 2021. The Texas Observer article noted that about 5,500 parents in Texas lose legal rights to their children every year. If even a fraction of those parents sought to reinstate the rights, it could add to a considerable addition of cases to the court system. 

If you feel that this new law could benefit you, or if you’re concerned about losing your rights and having this new law apply to you, schedule a consultation with me at the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance. I work on CPS and other custody cases frequently, and I’m happy to help you assess your situation and how to reinstate or protect your parenting rights. 

 

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