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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How to prepare for a divorce settlement in Pennsylvania

No matter who brings up the subject, both parties to a divorce are going to have many issues to deal with before it’s all said and done. Anyone in Pennsylvania that is getting a divorce may benefit from making some preparations before going to court or starting divorce settlement negotiations. Then there are some preparations that can be made during the process.

One of the first things that everyone should make sure to do is to gather any important documents. Documents such as bank statements, insurance policies, tax returns, mortgage or lease documents, retirement accounts, wills, trusts, account statements for both debts and assets and any other important records. Having these documents will help with the division of property, spousal support or alimony, child support and any other financial matters the parties will need to resolve.

Many couples have joint accounts during their marriage. Now that the marriage is ending, it will be necessary for each party to open his or her own accounts. Things such as individual paychecks and any automatic debits belonging to the individual parties will need to be transferred to these new accounts.

Any credit card companies may need to be notified to make sure no further charges are made on any accounts during the course of the divorce. Many couples decide to maintain some kind of account to handle household expenses while the settlement is being negotiated. This is also a good time to determine some amount of child support. A final amount may be determined by the court or in the final divorce settlement, but an interim amount can be established to ensure that the children are taken care of financially.

These are just some of the measures that need to be taken as quickly as possible once the decision to divorce has been made. Many people in Pennsylvania find the process of negotiating a divorce settlement can be overwhelming when trying to tackle it alone. Professional advice and assistance can make the process much easier and understandable.

Source: Huffington Post, “We’re Getting A Divorce, Now What?” Linda Descano, July 29, 2013


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