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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Avoid a complex divorce with a prenuptial agreement

In the euphoria of planning a wedding, there may not seem to be a good time for a Pennsylvania couple to discuss signing a prenuptial agreement. However, it may be better to consider it now rather than risk the possibility of a complex divorce down the road. Even though prenups have grown in popularity, it still may be difficult for individuals to broach the subject with a soon-to-be spouse.

As people get married later in life and/or remarry after having children in another relationship, the need for a prenup grows. Many Pennsylvania couples bring their own assets to the marriage. If, for some reason, the relationship does end, each party should be able to leave with at least what they came into the marriage with.

A prenuptial agreement can also provide each party with full disclosure from the other. This could eliminate destructive secrets in the future and actually foster trust since the parties are candid with one another. A prenuptial agreement could also provide a road map for the marriage. For instance, the agreement can include loose guidelines on how finances are to be handled during the marriage.

The difficulty some people have in asking for a prenuptial agreement is nothing compared to the discomfort a complex divorce can cause. Without such an agreement, there is no guarantee that an amicable divorce is possible. There is no way to predict how people will react when they are faced with the prospect of ending their marriage. However, when a relationship is beginning, the parties are more apt to take into account what is fair to the other party, so it may be easier to come to terms regarding certain assets and other marital issues.

Source: Cosmopolitan, How to Ask for a Prenup, Frank Kobola, Jan. 10, 2014

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