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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Saving time and money in complex property division

Undoubtedly, going through a divorce can be an overwhelming prospect for many Pennsylvania residents. Both parties want to be treated fairly and receive everything to which they are entitled. Without a clear financial picture, complex property division can be time-consuming and expensive.

Deciphering a couple’s current financial situation is not always easy. The true value of assets can easily elude the parties, making it more difficult to make an educated decision. What may seem like a fair exchange of assets may not be in the long-term. Issues regarding benefits and taxes require careful consideration, particularly since the party receiving the asset is going to have to live with the financial ramifications.

Having help in laying out exactly what the potential pitfalls of each asset are from the outset can take at least some of the guesswork out of negotiating a settlement. This way, a Pennsylvania couple could save both time and money during the divorce and in the future. No decision regarding the division of a couple’s property should be rushed, but having all of the pertinent information available can make decisions easier to make.

No one wants to walk away from a marriage feeling as though he or she did not receive the best settlement possible. Complex property division may seem daunting at first, and making an informed decision can be simplified by having the bottom line numbers in black and white. Obtaining assistance in order to understand how today’s decisions may affect each party’s financial future could be the assurance needed in order to move forward with settlement negotiations.

Source: commdiginews.com, “Five reasons you need to hire a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst“, Myra Fleischer, June 11, 2014

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