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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Complex property division can slow down a Pittsburgh divorce

When it comes to getting a divorce, many people in Pittsburgh may be concerned with what assets they will receive in the divorce settlement. Sometimes, a complex property division can slow down the process. It’s not always easy to make sure both parties are treated fairly and equitably.

It’s not quite as simple as splitting the assets down the middle. In fact, it’s really not as simple as using a percentage formula. The reason for this is that all assets are not created equal. Even if the value of the assets is the same on a date agreed to by the parties, the ultimate value of the assets may be quite different.

For instance, the bonds in a municipal bond portfolio have different credit qualities and maturity dates. Some funds allow withdrawal earlier than others without penalties. Therefore, the type of assets being distributed may determine whether one party ends up coming out with essentially more than the other.

If there is a business involved, splitting up that business will depend on many factors. It can depend on whether the business was started before or during the marriage. It can also depend on how much involvement each spouse had in the business. Other factors may also need to be taken into consideration depending on the individual case.

Pittsburgh couples that are involved in a complex property division may benefit from advice and assistance of several professionals to ensure that both parties are treated fairly in the divorce settlement. The court may not approve a settlement that leaves one party in a significantly better position than the other. As illustrated above, there are many issues and factors to be negotiated when it comes to dividing marital assets.

Source: The New York Times, “From a Prominent Divorce in the Affluent Class, Lessons for All,” Paul Sullivan, Aug. 9, 2013

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