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.

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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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Everything has a value in each Pennsylvania couple’s divorce

For anyone in Pennsylvania who either isn’t married or has never been through a divorce, fighting over something like air miles may seem trivial and petty. However, everything in a divorce has a monetary value — even things like air miles. The question is what each party is willing to give up or pay for the asset in question.

Everyone has those objects that they may not think has any monetary value. Whether it’s a picture, a knick knack or even air miles, when it comes to getting a divorce, it will end up having some sort of monetary value. Sometimes, that object is used a leverage by one spouse over the other in order to get something of value that person wants.

In some cases, it really doesn’t even matter what the object is, but if one party finds it valuable in some way, even emotionally, the other party will suddenly take an interest in it. When this happens, there is usually something else that party really wants and is willing to trade for it. One way to combat that is to not be emotional when it comes to asset division. Try assigning a monetary value to everything and then decide what is worth the fight.

Sometimes, it is better to be willing to let go of an asset so as not to lose something that will be more valuable in the long run. Most people in Pennsylvania would agree that giving away half of a retirement account for air miles or a knick knack doesn’t make much sense. Sometimes, when going through a divorce, it becomes necessary to put feelings aside in order to get down to business.

Source: forbes.com, “Divorce: Who Gets The Air Miles?” Jeff Landers, June 26, 2013

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