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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Dividing A 401(k) In Divorce

Things You Should Know About Divorce and Asset Division

A 401(k) plan is one of the most common assets that may be eligible for division in divorce. Many people have them, but few understand the legal process by which they may be divided fairly.

As in any part of the equitable division of assets agreement in divorce, dividing a 401(k) account between spouses should be conducted the right way. Unlike private savings and some other forms of investments and retirement benefits, the division of a 401(k) is governed by federal law and the rules and regulations of the corporation that employs the account holder.

At the Sweeney Law Firm, our divorce and asset division attorneys have extensive experience in the appropriate handling of 401(k) accounts on behalf of clients in the Pittsburgh area and throughout western Pennsylvania. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and options in a confidential consultation with a lawyer at our firm.

The Qualified Domestic Relations Order

The qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a form that must be completed and filed appropriately in order to divide assets held in a 401(k) between divorcing parties. The form and the process are somewhat complicated. This is not a situation in which it is appropriate for most people to try to help themselves. Even experienced accountants may benefit from the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney in these matters.

Asset protection is a major concern for many of our clients. They understand that dividing many kinds of assets can result in tax consequences. What most people don’t know is that dividing a 401(k) will not result in additional tax liability or penalties. Done the right way, dividing a 401(k) does not have to be a long or expensive process.

Contact Us Today

To discuss how an experienced attorney at the Sweeney Law Offices can help you in the efficient and cost-effective division of a 401(k) in any western Pennsylvania divorce, contact us today. Our main office is located 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. We offer free parking for your convenience. Major credit cards are accepted.