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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New baby? You need to update your estate plan

Around 64% of adults in this country don’t have a will. While this is a bad situation for many people, it is a tragedy for new parents. Not having an estate plan means that your assets will be passed along to beneficiaries based on the state’s intestate laws. But, if you have minor children, it could mean that your children are sent into the foster care system.

Creating an estate plan now gives you the chance to set the plan in place for your child. You can name a guardian for your child in the estate plan. This is the person who will raise the child as their own if you and the child’s other parent both pass away. 

When you decide on the guardian, you should sit down with them and discuss your wishes. This is a chance for you to ensure that they’re up for taking on this responsibility and gives them a chance to ask you questions. You can also discuss any other provisions you’ve made for them. 

Other aspects of your estate plan can help to provide the financial backing the guardian will need to raise the children. You can use your will to pass along some assets, while others might be better off funneled into trusts. You also need to think about the beneficiary designation on your life insurance policy, as well as the payable on death designation on financial accounts. 

Once you’ve set your estate plan up, don’t just forget about it. You should review it periodically to ensure that it still meets your child’s needs and reflects your wishes the kids and your assets. 

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