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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Including retirement in a Pennsylvania divorce settlement

As the baby boomer population begins to reach retirement age, the next few decades will continue to show an increasing number of aging citizens that will require financial support of some kind. Some Pennsylvania spouses may not consider retirement accounts and investments when determining their divorce settlement. This form of financial support may be important for couples to consider while they are determining their divorce settlement to ensure their ability to retire and help provide security for the future.

The National Institute on Aging published a report in which they declared a fear that a crisis that is fast approaching for the aging population in America. Many retired or elderly people rely on family or children for financial support, and with an increase in the number of ended marriages but with fewer children, they may be left to their own provisions. It can be overwhelming for a couple to think about their future as an elderly member of society during their divorce, but may be beneficial.

Pennsylvania has one of the highest populations of residents over the age of 65, making up close to 15 percent of the total population. Some couples may rely on one spouse for contributions into retirement accounts or have investments that are not equal in their amounts or maturity. This may need to be researched and calculated when a fair division of assets is being discussed.

A study found that below 20 percent of the elderly in Pennsylvania can afford to reside in an elderly care facility for over three years. A person who is aware of their potential to age and retire someday may feel a necessity to request equal division of retirement savings in their divorce settlement. A person who wishes to separate and ensure a secure financial plan for the future may seek professional guidance through the legal divorce process.

Source: pennlive.com, “Elderly baby boomers: with fewer children and more divorce, who will take care of them?“, David Wenner, July 1, 2014

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