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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Making financial decisions in the midst of divorce

When a Pennsylvania couple goes through a divorce, things can get difficult. While there may be a number of issues to work out, a major focus is usually on finances. Especially if the divorce is not amicable, there are approaches to protect each party from financial ruin.

First of all, it is important to know a precise state of the family finances and have copies of all important financial documents, both current and those of the past several years. Especially if only one of the two has been in control of all financial decisions, the other spouse will need to devote time to become knowledgeable about specifics when it comes to debts owed, taxes and the value of the items the couple own. Both parties will need to understand how the divorce will affect every part of the financial picture.

When financial questions arise, there are many professionals who deal with such situations frequently. Especially if a couple owns a business together or their personal holdings are of great value, the ramifications of not seeking help could be fiscally devastating. The emotional state of both spouses while trying to come to an agreement during this time is significant, as anger, guilt or hurt on the part of either person could adversely affect any decisions made. There again, help in the form of therapy may be valuable while trying to determine a financial future.

Knowing a detailed financial scope is the first defense in ensuring one spouse does not defraud the other during divorce proceedings. The overall stress of divorce can be partially alleviated when help is sought to overcome the fiscal challenges that the dissolution of a marriage brings. There are professionals, such as lawyers and financial planners, in Pennsylvania ready to assist those who are facing this difficult process.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, “8 Tips to Keep From Being Taken Advantage of Financially in Divorce“, Karen Covy, Jan. 29, 2016

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