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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What are some myths regarding prenups?

Prenuptial agreements are a sticky subject for many couples. Most believe that signing a prenup means that divorce is inevitable, which is hardly the case. In fact, prenups may even strengthen a union since each party knows exactly what to expect when it comes to marital property and financial issues. Business Insider dispels a few of the common myths regarding prenuptial agreements. 

When it comes to the terms of a prenup, not all provisions are enforceable. In fact, including provisions about housecleaning or personal appearance could result in the document being rendered invalid. It’s also not a good idea to include things regarding child support, child custody, or alimony. These decisions are largely made by the court, and as a result, language included in your agreement is likely to be ignored. Your best bet is to draft a prenup with the help of an attorney. Some states even require both parties to have sound legal representation. 

Additionally, you don’t need to be wealthy to have a prenup in place. These documents establish who owns what going into a marriage, which makes asset division much easier in terms of a divorce. They also establish rules for how marital property will be distributed. They can even be useful from an estate planning perspective, which is beneficial to couples who remain married. 

Finally, prenups signed at the last minute before marriage might be considered unenforceable. This goes back to the issue of coercion. If a document is signed hours or even a few days before a person gets married, the argument could be made that there was an undue influence at work. This is especially true if the terms of the agreement favor one spouse over the other. For the best results, a prenup should be drafted and signed months before the wedding is scheduled to take place. 

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