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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Settling a high-asset divorce in Pennsylvania

Making the decision to begin the process of a high-asset divorce in Pennsylvania is not always easy and can be full of anxiety for many people. Some spouses may worry about receiving a fair distribution in their high-asset divorce that they may not have been responsible for managing during the time of the relationship. When a legal separation is confronted with planning and strong negotiation, a person may have the opportunity to obtain a favorable settlement that can provide financial security well into the future.

Some people may decide to take an inventory of their shared wealth as they begin their divorce process. It can be beneficial to collect and organize all bank statements and investments for professional review to ensure all marital assets are presented for division. A spouse may also feel inclined to check any safe deposit boxes that were used during the time of the marriage as well as tax information for any missing or hidden financials.

A couple that has created vast retirement investments or is provided family benefits from their employer may face a unique situation, depending on each spouse’s independent need post separation. This may include insurance coverage or spousal support as well. Many factors, such as child custody arrangements and the ability to earn an income, may be taken into consideration by the courts.

Some professionals may be able to aid in document review, which includes transferring of personal assets or a large purchase that may be necessary while the separation process is underway. Dividing extensive savings and accounts can require a fair amount of attention and knowledge. A person in Pennsylvania who chooses to leave a financially secure marriage may settle a large amount of wealth during his or her high-asset divorce and desire help with the process.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Sudden Wealth From a Divorce?“, David A. Dedman, Aug. 21, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, “Sudden Wealth From a Divorce?“, David A. Dedman, Aug. 21, 2014

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