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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Divorce may be easier for Pittsburgh couples as a business deal

When examined at its most basic level, a marriage is a legally binding contract between two people. When a couple no longer wants to be married, that contract needs to be dissolved and the assets and liabilities of the marriage divided. Thinking of a divorce in this manner may make it easier for Pittsburgh couples to get through the process.

Of course, this may not be an easy task considering the fact that this so-called contract involves the deepest of emotions, which can easily vacillate between love and hate. In a divorce, however, those emotions can cloud an individual’s judgment. This could cause an irreparable breakdown in settlement negotiations.

When a business is dissolved, the parties involved divide up the assets and liabilities of the business. Ordinarily, this is done in accordance with a prior agreement. In the absence of an agreement, the parties either negotiate a settlement or ask for the court’s assistance.

This may remind Pittsburgh couples of what happens during a divorce. The prior agreement in a marriage would be a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement that would outline how assets and liabilities of the marriage will be divided. In the alternative, the parties can amicably negotiate a divorce settlement. However, if that becomes impossible, the courts are there to help.

Viewing a divorce as a business deal can make negotiating the terms of a divorce easier for everyone involved. Remaining calm and setting aside emotions can only help the process. Once the negotiations are complete and the divorce is final, the parties can move on to their separate lives knowing both parties were treated fairly and equitably.

Source: Miami Herald, Financial advice for divorce: It’s a business deal, so keep emotions out of it, Julie Landry Laviolette, Feb. 28, 2014


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