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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Tips for financial protection amid divorce

Its no secret that the end of a marriage is emotionally and psychologically challenging. However, it can also be a very costly experience. Managing finances during a divorce can be complex.  The following tips can help Pennsylvania residents financially protect themselves amid the turmoil of divorce.

Although it can be an extremely tough thing to do, keeping both parties in mind when making financial decisions can be beneficial in the long run. Its always recommended to work with a financial professional when managing joint debt or finances. Closing all joint credit card accounts and removing spouses from checking accounts should be a top priority. Continuing to rack up joint debt will only complicate and prolong the divorce process.

One of the most difficult things to get used to during this time is transitioning from a two-income household to a single income. Creating a budget becomes almost a necessity during this transitional period. Keeping a record of all income and expenses is always a good idea, but it can be especially helpful during a divorce. Things such as shared medical expenses, alimony payments and child support should always be documented.

Ending a marriage can make managing finances stressful and extremely difficult. Divorce is never a planned event, and those who experience this event can quickly become overwhelmed. One of the most important things to do at this time is to seek professional advice. Those in Pennsylvania who have questions about any aspect of divorce could benefit from discussions with a legal representative. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney could help individuals navigate through this stressful experience.

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