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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Asset-protection plans and your divorce: What to know

Think that your spouse wouldn’t dream of hiding their wealth and trying to cheat you out of a fair share of your marital assets in a divorce? Don’t bet on it. There’s an entire asset protection industry out there that is willing to help.

Asset protection services and plans are commonly used by wealthy individuals to prevent that wealth from being lost through bad business dealings, to creditors and — of course — to their divorcing spouses. Here’s a peek into what they offer:

  • Offshore business entities: Using limited liability companies and corporations that are created in specific “havens” for this kind of activity (like the Cook Islands), asset protection companies will craft a legal distinction between the assets being held in the company and its owner. The idea is to make those assets “immune” from a spouse’s claims.
  • Offshore trusts: These are used frequently to hide money when a divorce is imminent. Even though it’s considered a fraudulent transfer to suddenly pour money out of the family accounts and into a trust to avoid sharing the wealth (and the asset protection companies know this), getting that money back out of a trust that’s operating overseas can be rough.
  • Multi-entity asset protection structures: Sometimes asset protection companies combine tactics, using a combo of both offshore trusts and businesses to hide a client’s money from their spouse.

Keep in mind that your spouse doesn’t have to be financially or legally savvy to pull this kind of thing off — the asset protection company will do it for them. They know all of the tricks that exist to help wealthy people hold onto their money.

If you’re headed to a high-asset divorce, make sure that your attorney understands what’s at stake and knows how to help you look for hidden assets.

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