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 Pennsylvania divorce impacts retirement accounts

When a Pennsylvania couple gets married, they expect to grow old and retire together. Unfortunately, there are many couples who won’t make it to that point before their marriage ends in divorce. One of the assets that will be affected by this is the retirement accounts that the couple was building together.

There are many financial challenges for individuals when they get divorced. The sharing of two incomes for one home becomes two homes with one income for each. Most people end up living on half or less than they did when they were married.

Retirement accounts are affected in much the same way. Often, those accounts are split between the parties. This greatly diminishes the amount of retirement funds each individual has available, and building those amounts back up may take a long time if it happens at all.

Many people may end up not even being able to contribute the same amount to their retirement as they did prior to the end of the marriage. Living on only one income can be challenging, and the extra money that would otherwise be going into a retirement account may be needed to pay for necessities. This situation could be temporary or permanent depending on each party’s financial situation.

The financial impact of a Pennsylvania divorce may not only affect each party’s present, but his or her future as well. That does not mean, however, that the financial issues brought about by divorce are insurmountable. It may be possible with some financial planning at the time of the divorce to recover as much as possible of the lost retirement account in the time available to rebuild it.

Source: thesouthern.com, Calculating the high costs of divorce, Joe Plemon, Oct. 10, 2013


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