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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The purpose of a living will

A last will and testament is a legal document detailing your final wishes. It addresses the distribution of your Pennsylvania property, appoints guardians of your minor children and a variety of other considerations. You may believe that is the only document you need. However, a living will serves another purpose. At Sweeney Law Offices, LLC, we often assist clients in creating a comprehensive estate plan that includes end-of-life decisions.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a living will is a legal document containing instructions for your medical treatment if you cannot communicate. Advance directives guide your caregivers and doctors if you are seriously ill, unable to make decisions or near the end of your life. It is not only the elderly who benefit from this document.

Accidents and unexpected events can occur at any age. A living will guides doctors if you are terminally ill. It also removes the decision-making burden from caregivers, as the directive makes your wishes known. It can include your preferences regarding feeding tubes and resuscitation and address the following end-of-life treatments:

  • Antibiotics/Antiviral medications – Aggressively treat infections
  • CPR – Restarts the heart when it stops beating
  • Dialysis – Manages fluid levels and removes waste from the blood if the kidneys stop working
  • Mechanical Ventilation – Takes over the job of breathing when the body cannot do it on its own
  • Organ and tissue donation – Specifies what donation you wish to make if any
  • Palliative care – Steps taken to keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible while following your other wishes

There are numerous other treatments and issues for which a living will provide direction. A professional can help you decide what to include and a variety of situations to consider. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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