OUR FIRM IS OPEN AND 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 doors are open; we have lawyers and paralegals on site and until we are instructed differently, we will work here, and electronically. 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. Whilst you are welcome to come here, we also have multiple videoconferencing options; please contact your attorney for the platform that works best for you.
Will my lawyer be available to answer questions and work on my case?
Yes, we are open, and your legal matters will continue to receive our attention. You can come in for a conference, or email, call, or videoconference with your lawyer during this time.
How are court hearings and appointments affected?
The Texas courts are adjusting regular operations and most non-emergency hearings are being rescheduled. There are cases that will not be brought to a judge for a while. “Essential Matters” will, however, be heard. Those that cannot go to court are, nonetheless, being handled with electronic solutions and we will be able to seek judicial protection where needed. Here is the link to the most current Bexar county orders: https://www.bexar.org/DocumentCenter/View/26055/Special-Order-726928--Presiding-Civil-District-Court-and-Jury-Monitoring-Court?bidId=
Most other counties have issued similar protocol. Please speak with your attorney to assess what this will mean for your case.
Can I consult with a lawyer about a new family law or divorce matter?
Yes, we have office staff working at our office 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 You Need Might be Different Than What You Want
Though divorce has lots of causes, there’s one of three ways it ultimately starts: Either you decide to move forward with a divorce, you and your spouse decide together, or you’re blindsided by a spouse that announces it to you or serves you papers. When that happens, a lot of emotions surge to the surface, and you think in terms of what you want.
What you want might take the shape of an asset—the house, the pension fund, the stock portfolio—or maybe even all of these assets. You might want full custody of the children, thinking that you’re the parent that deserves them. You might also want to make sure you “win” a divorce, and that your spouse feels the loss.
While those are perfectly natural feelings, they’re not a good basis for creating a divorce settlement. If you take the case to court, it’s unlikely that assets or custody will tip to one party or the other. If you’re trying to settle the case out of court, it’s not realistic to base your negotiations entirely on what you want – particularly if you’re negotiating with someone you’re going to continue co-parenting with in the future.
What’s better is to come at divorce from the perspective of what you need. Meeting with a lawyer at the outset of the process can help you separate the incredible emotion you’re feeling from what needs to be done legally to help you move forward once the divorce is settled. If you start with that perspective, it will help you to have a better, less contentious experience that will ultimately help you not just get through your divorce, but emerge from it in a better way.