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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Pennsylvania couples who divorce can still work together

According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly four million businesses owned by husband and wife teams. This number is significant to the area of divorce in light of the high rates of divorce seen throughout the nation, and the potential impact that divorce has on a family business. Pennsylvania couples may find it challenging to handle business and divorce matters in tandem, though it is possible.

According to one source, some couples are successfully able to separate their business and family relationships in order to salvage a joint business venture. Often, couples are encouraged to sever business relationships during and after divorce, but there are cases where such a relationship can remain fruitful. The key, according to some sources, is respect.

Having respect for one another will drive the business in a positive direction. It may be challenging for ex-spouses to respect and trust one another enough to co-manage a business, which makes the consideration that much more important. In addition, couples who are unsure of the direction that they should take their business, may find it helpful to seek guidance in areas such as accounting, in addition to legal representation. Doing so may help them better understand their options.

Divorce is a complicated process due to couples having emotional ties, as well as legal and material ties. Many Pennsylvania couples may find it challenging to find a good balance between their work and personal lives, which can cause additional tension in the divorce. Alternative dispute resolution options such as divorce mediation or a collaborative effort may encourage couples to address issues surrounding a family business in a positive and constructive manner. When couples can respect one another and work together, they are much more likely to reach an amicable settlement for their business and their lives.

Source: The New York Times, “When Couples Divorce but Still Run the Business Together,” Bryan Borzykowski, Dec. 5, 2012

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