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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Should you work with a forensic accountant during your divorce?

Getting a divorce is tough. One of the things you have to do is to give an account of all of your assets. You also need to be able to show which assets you owned prior to your marriage, the assets that you believe are separate and those that you believe are shared.

Doing that can be hard, because there may be assets that are in your spouse’s name or even some you don’t know about. That’s why having a forensic accountant on your divorce team is a good idea. 

Determining your spouse’s income is one of the most difficult things to do during a divorce, but having a forensic accountant work on that is helpful. They are trained to go through both business and personal records, which means that they know what to look for. They are trained to see discrepancies, to find hidden assets or to see if items are being withheld. They can see unethical moves, such as creating fake debt or how much cash has been removed from the account to purchase expensive items that you may or may not know about.

For the purpose of negotiating your settlement, you need to know your spouse’s true income. That’s something your forensic accountant will be able to do for you. Additionally, many forensic accountants are experts in valuation, so they can be even more effective when working on your case. 

If you’re concerned about missing or hidden assets, or if you think that your spouse isn’t being honest about their assets, using a forensic accountant during your divorce may be the right solution. Your attorney can talk to you more about how this method of accounting could help.

 

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