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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Real estate mogul and wife in court for divorce settlement

Divorce can cost a lot. Aside from the emotional, and sometimes physical, toll it takes on couples going through it, it can also hit both parties in the wallet. Most Pennsylvania couples will not have come close to spending the amount one socialite has paid out as she seeks a divorce from her billionaire husband.

Linda Macklowe, the soon-to-be ex-wife of real estate mogul Harry Macklowe, has spent in the neighborhood of $10 million since filing for divorce over a year ago. In court, her husband’s attorney had to prod her memory of the expenditures she has paid over that amount of time, including over $7 million in legal expenses. She chartered boats at a price tag of $700,000 when she was not allowed to use the $41 million custom-made racing yacht she shared with her husband during their marriage, as well as over $2 million in art-related transactions.

Macklowe’s attorney claimed his client was forced to buy a $10 million home in East Hampton because Mrs. Macklowe would not permit him to reside in the house they already owned in the posh town. The attorneys for both also argued over the division of debt Macklowe undertook when he bought the General Motors building nine years ago. Mrs. Macklowe’s tax advisor told the judge presiding over the trial that, more than likely, neither party would be forced to pay the debt. She is asking to keep her art collection and an apartment worth $100 million.

To most couples in Pennsylvania, those figures are staggering, but the underlying sentiments between many former partners are more than likely similar. They know they cannot stay married, and they need legal representation in a divorce. An attorney familiar with the divorce laws of the state will work to achieve a settlement that works best for everyone.

Source: New York Daily News, “Harry Macklowe’s wife grilled during trial over ruthless spending“, Stephen Rex Brown, Sept. 7, 2017

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