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
When Splitting Your Assets 50/50 May Be “Fair,” But is it Best?
There’s a famous story divorce lawyers like to tell about splitting an orange. There are two people who want the same orange; it’s split in half, which seems fair to each of them, but both walk away disappointed. It turns out that one person wanted the rind to extract orange zest for baking, and the other wanted the fruit for its juice. Though half and half seems fair, it wasn’t what either of them would have wanted if they’d been asked.
There’s a lesson there that applies to assets. While 50/50 seems fair, it might not work out best for any individual couple. In a typical marriage, there’s a house and other assets, and some of those assets are more easily made liquid than others.
If a couple goes to court, the judge may try to split assets as close to 50/50 as possible, even if it means liquefying assets that are more valuable if left alone. It could be that this couple, in negotiations, could agree to something that might not be an equal division, but suits their needs and is satisfactory to each party.
If you have a special case where the best way to “split your orange” isn’t to split it in half, you should talk to one of our lawyers about how to proceed. There are creative solutions possible to assure that you can get what you want, but you’re far more likely to find it at the negotiating table than in court.