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 benefits of working with a lawyer at the end of your marriage

Given that divorce has a reputation for being very expensive, it’s little surprise that many people prioritize keeping the costs of their divorce as low as possible. Unfortunately, the desire to be frugal can lead people to make decisions that truly will not benefit them in the long run, such as deciding not to hire an attorney to represent them.

On the surface, choosing not to hire an attorney as part of a litigated divorce may seem like an efficient way to reduce the costs of a divorce. In reality, eshewing legal guidance could mean putting yourself in an unfavorable position. You could make mistakes that cost you more or even lose out on assets and support you deserve.

Additionally, working with an attorney can have certain benefits, including potentially helping you speed up a divorce, thereby making it more affordable.

Your lawyer can help you follow the law and keep your expectations reasonable

Everyone has heard some exaggerated story about how someone’s divorce totally ruined their life. Some people will develop unhealthy and unrealistic expectations about the outcome of their divorce simply because of the rumors they have heard. Your lawyer can help you avoid fighting for terms in court that will never receive approval.

They can advise you about likely outcomes as well so that you can develop a reasonable strategy. Additionally, your lawyer can review every piece of documentation and paperwork related to your divorce, thereby helping you avoid both silly mistakes and violations of state law.

Lawyers can help you keep your emotions in check

Given that divorce involves the dissolution of the most intimate relationship in your life, it often comes with significant emotional baggage. Even if you feel calm about things initially, your perspective may change as time goes on. Your lawyer will not have an emotional investment in the outcome of the divorce, other than their desire to do what’s best for you. That means they can keep a clear head and help you make rational decisions that will allow for a faster divorce.

In some cases, your attorney could help you negotiate directly with your ex, either through their lawyer or via mediation, and set terms for your divorce that allow you to file for uncontested proceedings. In short, a lawyer helps you avoid mistakes, stay focused on the big picture and secure the best possible outcome.

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