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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Identifying the best time to begin planning your estate

There is not a more satisfying feeling than knowing you have adequately planned for your future. Preparation from early on can provide you with the resources you need and desire, to live comfortably later on in life. At Sweeney Law Offices, LLC, we have been able to assist many families in Pittsburgh as they plan their estate. 

If you are wondering when the most effective time is to start planning your estate, the answer is now. Regardless of how comfortable you are with your current life situation, whether or not you are aging, whether or not you have dependents, whether or not you are married and whether or not you have valuable assets, taking the initiative to begin planning for your future long before you have a need to, is critical to your ability to finalize and maintain a beneficial plan that is customized to meet your needs and lifestyle. 

According to Money, you will want to communicate the basics of your plan as they relate to your heirs, with the people you have listed as heirs. This type of discussion is important so they are aware of their role in your estate plan and what they can expect should you ever become incapacitated. Likewise, as the circumstances in your life change, it is imperative that you modify any aspects of your plan that are affected by the changes. Regularly monitoring the applicability of your plan will help you to identify areas that need to be changed to keep your plan current and legally effective. 

When you are proactive in planning for your future, you can be confident that your wishes will be honored when you pass away. For more information about coordinating an estate plan, visit our web page.  

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