WE ARE WORKING!
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
What Four Things You Need to Know Before you Start the Divorce Process
If you’ve decided that you want a divorce, you’re embarking on a process that can consume time, money, and emotional energy. If you prepare yourself at the outset, you can help yourself embark on what can be an unpredictable process.
Dividing assets and debts is obviously a key part of settling a divorce—you’ll need to determine what assets and debts you and your spouse have before you can divide them. You should also know how to monitor activity on all accounts during the divorce, to make sure your spouse is not moving money in and out of accounts, which would be in violation of the temporary orders overseeing both of your actions during the divorce proceedings.
If you and your spouse own a home, it’s likely one of your largest assets—you definitely want to come to the table knowing how much you owe on it and whether you see you or your spouse living in the house long-term. (Though you don’t want to move out of the home before you talk to a lawyer first.)
Your kids’ needs
If you have children, their needs should be the top priority of your divorce. In working out a parenting plan, think about their school schedules and their extra-curricular activities, and figure those into a possible parenting plan. While the courts suggest a standard plan that many couples end up abiding by, there are alternatives that allow parents more flexibility and equality—and, most importantly—work better for children.
The whereabouts of your marriage documents
The first step in any divorce, as silly as it might sound, is to prove that you are currently legally married (or have a legitimate claim to common law marriage). You’ll need to produce your marriage license before you file a decree—and if you’re Catholic and looking to get an annulment, you’ll need to locate the church documents for your marriage and start that process.
And, of course, before you start down the path of filing for divorce, you should speak to a family lawyer to talk about your options and get a better understanding of the process. It’s a process you want to understand before you embark on it, no matter how ready you feel you are.