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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Children who live with grandparents get housing assistance

Many non-traditional families in Pennsylvania today are going by a new name: grandfamilies. Grandfamilies are those where the grandchildren live with grandparents when the parents are not around. Many times the grandchildren who live with grandparents live in substandard housing because the grandparents are not financially stable enough to provide any other environment. One group is working to help those in that situation.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren often miss a meal or a dose of medication as they seek ways to afford even a fraction of what it takes to bring up a child. Affordable housing is usually beyond their reach, leaving them in need of subsidized homes. While they are struggling to make ends meet, they are saving taxpayers billions of dollars by keeping the children out of the welfare system.

The founder of an area church outside of Pennsylvania had a vision before he died to build a center where all generations could come together for activities. His daughter, along with the rest of the church, has taken the idea farther by collaborating with developers used in earlier projects to construct a 12-story housing development that will be specifically for low-income persons, including 50 apartments for these children and their grandparents. This project will be funded by private donations and public funds and there is hope that it will spark similar developments in cities across the nation.

Grandchildren who live with grandparents may not have all they need financially, but it is made up for in love. These grandparents have already raised one family and because of unfortunate circumstances, they step up to give their time, money and love a second time. Pennsylvania grandparents may need legal help from someone who will guide them as they face numerous challenges while maintaining custody of their grandchildren.

Source: wral.com, “Refuge for grandparents stepping up to raise grandchildren”, Theresa Vargas, July 17, 2016

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