We are delighted to announce that our physical office is re-opening to our existing and new clients. To provide safety to both our clients and staff, we are adapting the CDC guidelines for social distancing while we are in the yellow phase. Rest assured, that we have and will continue to regularly clean all areas of the office especially the high-traffic areas. All attorneys and staff will have their temperature taken daily and will be wearing masks when interacting with clients. Any attorneys and staff with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will work remotely. They will then be required to follow CDCrecommended steps, including not returning to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

As the health and safety of our clients and their families is our top priority, we are asking that our clients follow the procedures below during the yellow phase:

  1. Upon entering the building, we ask that all persons wash their hands or hand-sanitize. We will be providing access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  2. We will also be taking temperatures with non-contact thermometers upon entering the office.
  3. Our office is set-up to comply with social distancing of six feet. In the conference and mediation rooms we are asking that each person sit a minimum of one chair apart from attorneys and/or staff at all times.
  4. Masks are available and will be provided open request.
  5. Teleconferences Zoom meetings, and FaceTime are available in lieu of inperson meetings if requested.
  6. We will continue to have the drop-box available for delivery of documents.

In the event that anyone is sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your appointment or utilize the electronic forums listed above.

As each county determines the procedures that will be followed, please ask your attorney of the specific procedures regarding the county in which your case in pending.

Please note that we will also continue to accommodate the needs of new clients, who are welcome, and as always we encourage and appreciate referrals. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, please stay safe and remember that Sweeney Law Office, LLC will remain by your side for all of your family’s legal needs. We ask that you have patience during this challenging time.

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Couples seeking divorce shouldn’t forget about their taxes

When going through a divorce, Pennsylvania couples are faced with a broad range of decisions to make, as well as various properties and assets to divide. These decisions sometimes come all at once, and in a rather short amount of time. When a divorce is going badly, with one or both parties frustrated or angry with the other, these decisions can be even tougher to make. In these circumstances, some decisions may be overlooked or rushed when they should really be considered just as carefully as every other.

One problem area is filing taxes. Many couples may procrastinate on changing their filing status from joint when they were married to separately after divorce. This, together with an uncooperative ex-spouse in handing over their tax records, can lead to trouble when tax time comes around and one finds themselves in need of this information. Some couples even continue to file jointly, which leaves potential for one ex-spouse to be liable if the other finds themselves in tax trouble.

When children are involved, the process becomes even trickier with the added criteria of claiming dependents. Only one parent can claim each child as a dependent on their taxes, which may cause tension in the case of who gets to claim the child. Overall, Pennsylvania parents benefit from careful consideration of all factors involved in their divorce while going through the process, so as to ensure each spouse receives a fair settlement with neither spouse left in potential financial ruin and no unnecessarily harsh feelings are left between them especially if children are involved.

Source: Business Insider, “Divorced Couples Are Walking Right Into These Tax Traps,” Mandi Woodruff, April 3, 2012

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