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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Irrevocable trusts often useful for medical professionals

Those in Pittsburgh who want to set up a trust to leave behind for their loved ones after they pass may have heard about irrevocable trusts. Learning more about this type of trust can help when planning an estate.

An irrevocable trust is a type of trust that gives protections to the creator of the trust. The terms of the trust are unable to be modified after finalization. This prevents beneficiaries from changing the trust and can also protect the trust against being taken in a lawsuit. Life insurance policies, securities, cash, interest in business and real estate may all be used to fund an irrevocable trust.

In exchange for these protections, the creator of the trust gives up certain benefits. An irrevocable trust may not be altered without the permission of the beneficiaries. This makes it difficult to change an irrevocable trust after it has been finalized. Additionally, the creator agrees to completely give up the assets funding an irrevocable trust and relinquishes any ownership rights. Irrevocable trusts are often used by professionals who are at a higher-risk of a lawsuit, such as doctors and other medical professionals, who want to pass on their estate to their heirs without the risk of it being taken during legal action.

Planning an estate is what many believe to be a final act of love for their family, helping them to have the necessary finances after death. An estate attorney or family lawyer may be useful when making estate plans. In this case, a lawyer might be able to help an individual who is at-risk of legal action set aside money for his or her family by preparing an irrevocable trust. Once the trust is funded and finalized, the beneficiaries named in the trust will be able to access the money after the creator has passed away, securing the legacy of the family.


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