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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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant call off divorce, announce reconciliation

Pennsylvania readers may have read that Kobe Bryant, the NBA superstar, and his wife Vanessa are not getting a divorce after all. The couple has had a difficult time of things, dating back to 2003 when allegations of sexual assault involving another woman were pursued against the basketball star. While Vanessa stood by Kobe and the criminal charges were ultimately dismissed, it took an understandable toll on their marriage. Their on-again, off-again relationship took a turn for the worse in 2011 when Vanessa filed formal divorce proceedings by citing “irreconcilable differences.”

However, Kobe and Vanessa recently announced they have saved their marriage and will be getting back together. Perhaps fitting for a celebrity couple in this day and age, each relied on social media sites to tell their fans of their decision. Kobe used Facebook to announce the reconciliation, while Vanessa opted for Instagram.

Over the past decade there have been many reports of problems in their marriage. The couple met during the filming of a music video in 1999 when Vanessa was 18 years old. During their marital separation, there were numerous sightings of the couple together, and Vanessa frequently attended Kobe’s basketball games in Los Angeles. Their reconciliation now means that the still pending divorce proceedings will be dismissed.

Most married couples in Pennsylvania would admit that there are times when a marriage seems like a high wire act. Some couples ultimately decide to divorce, though not all of those proceedings result in the dissolution of a marriage. In the course of addressing the financial and emotional issues that inevitably accompany a divorce, some couples come away with the realization that their marriage is worth saving. In those instances, some may consider signing a postnuptial agreement to remove many of the financial issues that at one point appeared to doom a marriage that both parties subsequently decide to continue.

Source: New York Daily News, “Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa announce canceled divorce on Facebook and Instagram,” Carol Kuruvilla, Jan. 12, 2013

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