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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Addressing your will after your divorce

Asset division can be one of the more contentious aspects of divorce cases in Cranberry Township. Dividing up your marital property with your spouse requires quite a bit of give and take from both of you. Yet at least that ends once your divorce becomes final, right? Not necessarily; there may be other aspects of your life where you will need to address the financial ties that you have to your ex-spouse. One of these is your estate planning. When clients come to us here at the Sweeney Law Offices, LLC asking about this, their main concerns center on updating their wills in order to ensure that their ex-spouses are not inadvertently included in them. While there are indeed reasons to address your estate plans following your divorce, they often differ from what you might guess. 

Yet first it is important it address the concern of removing your ex-spouse from your will. Section 2507 of Pennsylvania’s Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries Code states that any provisions of your will that involve your ex-spouse automatically are invalidated when you divorce (unless you include language detailing your desire for them to remain in your will). Thus, you do not need to worry about them inheriting your estate of you forget to remove them from your will. 

Yet you will still want to revisit your will following your divorce. You will likely want to update its terms to name new beneficiaries (as your ex-spouse’s designated portion of your estate may become subject to intestate succession if you do not). You may also want to still include your ex-spouse in your estate plans as a trustee to whatever assets you leave your children should you die while they are still young. 

More information on asset considerations following your divorce can be found throughout our site. 

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