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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Living wills grant peace of mind

| Jun 5, 2019 | Uncategorized

One of the hardest parts of growing older is having to cede parts of our independence. This is even more difficult if we fall ill and can no longer make decisions for ourselves. Who will you trust to make decisions about your health care if you are incapacitate and you can’t voice your wishes?

You’ve already planned for the future – your retirement, your estate. Why not plan your end-of-life health care decisions now as well?

What is a living will?

Also known as an advance directive, a living will is a legally-binding document you create to spell out your health care wishes in case you become incapacitated.

A living will only goes into effect if you can no longer communicate your wishes yourself. As long as you are coherent, the contents of your living will has no bearing on your treatment.

Many living wills have two parts. In one part you may name a health care surrogate or proxy. This is a person to whom you give decision-making power over your medical care if you cannot make decisions or communicate decisions yourself. In another part of a living will, you may specifically choose which procedure you would or would not like to have, some of which may prolong your life.

What should I address in my living will?

In your living will, you can chose whether you would or would not like to receive any number of medical procedures. These may include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • Ventilation
  • Tube feeding
  • Dialysis
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Organ donation
  • Heart-lung resuscitation (CPR)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Blood transfusions
  • Antibiotics

Creating a living will

If you wish to create a living will, consider seeking the assistance of an attorney. He or she can furnish all the paperwork you need to complete the document and can counsel you on aspects of a living will you are unsure about or might not have considered.

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