Family Lawyer — Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
These are some of the questions Vonda and Jamie have been asked by clients over the years.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice?
Vonda and Jamie chose litigation because they love being in the courtroom. The mental competition is invigorating. The planning and strategizing is exciting. It’s like a sparring match, only mental instead of physical. Being in trial has an intensity that can be addictive.
They chose to be family lawyers because it gives them the opportunity to help people through difficult times. Also, each case is different, and each is just as important to the people living through them. In family law, no two days are alike and they are never bored.
Vonda chose to become trained in collaborative divorce law as soon as it came to Texas, because she had long recognized that litigation is often harmful to families. Litigation is by its nature adversarial, and it is often difficult to keep cases from escalating in animosity. Collaborative law provides a structure for reaching agreements outside of litigation, even in very difficult cases. Vonda has always been skilled at seeing all aspects of a situation, and she has an ability to understand differing perspectives. These skills coupled with an empathetic nature make her a natural at collaborative law.
What is your firm’s point of view regarding clients educating themselves on family law legal issues?
Vonda and Jamie believe that one of their roles as attorneys is to educate their clients about their cases. For clients to make decisions about their lives, they need to understand the legal issues in their lawsuits. They need to know what their rights are, what their options are, and what different things to expect both during the process of the lawsuit and as possible outcomes. It is Vonda’s and Jamie’s goal to discuss these matters with their clients and to educate them.
Is your firm willing to review family law documents prepared by clients?
If a client has prepared a document that they wish Vonda or Jamie to review, they will gladly do so. They often ask clients to keep information in written form so they can review the information and become more familiar with their issues and the facts of their case. Occasionally, they have clients who prepare correspondence, and they want Vonda’s or Jamie’s approval and comments before sending it. Vonda and Jamie consider it wise for their clients to seek this kind of input. Now and then, they have someone who wishes to retain an attorney simply to review and comment on a document as their family lawyer. When this is an appropriate role, Vonda and Jamie will gladly do it.
Is Covington & Zand willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
On occasion, Vonda and Jamie have coached clients who want to represent themselves. Part of the analysis in deciding whether to have this kind of relationship with a client is that client’s ability to understand the legal issues and to remain rational and neutral in making decisions about the case.
Covington & Zand, PLLC, is a full-service family law firm serving clients in Fort Bend County and Harris County from offices in Richmond, Texas. Call our office at 281-762-0578 or send us an email through our contact form.