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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Finding hidden assets for a fair divorce settlement

When a Pennsylvania couple makes the decision to legally separate, either amicably or contentiously, they may get defensive and anxious about the divorce settlement. Sometimes this can lead people into attempting to hide money or other financials from their spouse. If a person suspects their partner has hidden or is trying to hide assets or money during negotiations for the divorce settlement, he or she may question how to best approach the problem and recover the missing funds.

In some marriages, a spouse may have felt it would be a good decision to keep hidden bank accounts or investments as a safety net in the event of a divorce. Any financial contributions that were kept or managed during the time of the marriage can often be considered as equitable property. However, in some marriages, a preexisting agreement or contract may have been in place, annexing such savings from division.

Technology has made it more difficult for dishonest spouses to hide money from their partner; electronic trails can be discovered and reveal hidden information. A person may be able to gain information from bank account statements, benefits and through emails or social media. Safety deposit boxes and family money managers may also be looked to for clues, revealing where assets may have been secretly stored.

Some professionals specialize in recovering assets or financials that may have been hidden or covered up. A Pennsylvania spouse who is concerned about creating a fair divorce settlement may begin to ask questions and seek answers. Some may look for guidance as they attempt to prove their legal right to assets that were accumulated during the marriage.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Uncovering Hidden Assets in Divorce Litigation“, David Centeno, Aug. 15, 2014

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