Proceed with Caution: Parental Alienation – When the Accuser Becomes the Accused
March 20, 2018 By Brittany Yurchyk It’s terrible to watch your child suddenly turn on you after returning from the other parent’s home. He starts misbehaving and not listening to your home’s rules. He says things that, you know, came directly from your ex-spouse’s mouth: “you love your new boyfriend more than me” or “because […]
Private Short and Long Term Disability Benefits: Use Them If You Have Them
March 13, 2018 By Douglas Wayne A person who is disabled may be able to avail themselves of private short or long term disability benefits. Not everyone has access to short or long term disability benefits. Unlike Social Security benefits, short and long term disability benefits are based on a private contract of insurance. Usually, […]
Can You Trust Philadelphia’s (Ten Year Tax Abatement) Process?
March 6, 2018 By William F. Kerr, Jr. & Stephen M. Zaffuto Philadelphia’s Ten Year Tax Abatement Program has been in place for almost twenty years. It was instituted to spur new development and re-development, by exempting, for ten years, the value of any improvements to real estate. Over the past few years, many new […]
Avoiding Traps for the Unwary in College and School Vendor Contracts
February 28, 2018 By Thomas D. Rees, Esquire What can an educational administrator do when a vendor performs poorly under a long-term contract? Unless the college or school has tightened its procedures for contract drafting and approval, the answer may be “not much”. More than a few educational institutions have tried to cancel contracts with […]
Contesting a Will – Things to consider
February 23, 2018 By Donald Petrille, Jr. It’s an emotional time. A loved one has just passed away. You are struggling with the final arrangements and receiving the obligatory well-wishes from friends, family and acquaintances. You take comfort in knowing that your loved one had properly planned her estate. You believe, based on your close […]
A Landlord Cannot Evict a Pay and Stay Tenant
February 14, 2018 By Kevin B. Cornish In Pennsylvania, a landlord has the right to file a lawsuit in Magisterial District Court if a tenant fails to make timely rental payments. Once a landlord receives a judgment, and no appeal is filed, the landlord has the right to request an order for possession from the […]
Applying for and Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits
February 7, 2018 By Thomas E. Panzer, Esq. Have you suffered a wage loss as a result of accident or injury? High Swartz attorneys work together to coordinate a strategy to apply for and maximize any disability benefits available to someone who has suffered a sudden or unexpected loss of income due to illness or […]
Understanding the Franchise Disclosure Document
January 31, 2018 By Joel D. Rosen If you have ever looked into acquiring a franchise, you are probably familiar with the term Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”) and for us older franchise attorneys, Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (“UFOC”). The FDD has replaced the UFOC in name, but the disclosures in the document have remained largely […]
Highlights on the New Tax Law
January 23, 2018 By Stephanie A. Henrick While we are still waiting for the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue guidance on the new tax laws, here is what we know: Estate and Gift Tax Changes The federal estate, gift and GST tax exemptions have doubled to $11,180,000 per person ($22,360,000 for a married couple). […]
Franchisees – Things to Watch Out for in 2018
January 16, 2018 By James B. Shrimp Increased ICE Enforcement As many of you have probably read about already, on January 10, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) performed raids at over 100 7-Eleven convenience stores checking on the immigration status of those stores’ employees. After the raids, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan cautioned employers […]
Top 10 Tips for Child Custody Issues
January 9, 2018 By Melissa M. Boyd Child custody issues are some of the most difficult to deal with no matter the marital status of the parents. The High Swartz Domestic Relations team knows that every case is different, and the people involved in these cases may feel vulnerable and overwhelmed. Each of us has […]
“The Grinch that Stole My Custody”
December 29, 2017 By Elizabeth C. Early An often unforeseen complication of separation or divorce is the highly emotional decision of who has custody of your children over the major holidays. It is natural to feel mixed emotions as you approach the holiday season: excitement over the holidays coupled with sadness and perhaps some resentment […]
What the heck is a Confession of Judgment?
December 20, 2017 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. If you have ever obtained a business loan or signed a commercial lease, you may have heard of the phrase, “confession of judgment.” Even if you have heard that phrase, chances are you have no idea what it means. And chances are you signed those loan or […]
Pay Me Now… or Pay Me (Much More) Later!
December 12, 2017 By Eric G. Marttila When an employment relationship ends – whether by termination or resignation – employers must be aware of their obligation to pay any wages then due and owing, or be prepared to suffer the substantial consequences. Under Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”) 43 P.S. §260.1 et seq., […]
When Unexpected Income Loss Strikes Home: What Are Your Options?
December 6, 2017 By Douglas Wayne Few people are adequately prepared for a sudden or unexpected loss of income due to no fault of their own. The cause for the loss of income can take many forms. Perhaps a negligent driver runs a stop sign and strikes your vehicle, leaving you in pain and unable […]
I Need a Family Law Attorney for my Pennsylvania Divorce/Support/Custody Case – Where Do I Even Begin?
November 28, 2017 By Elizabeth C. Early Many individuals involved in a lawsuit realize at one point or another that they need the guidance of an attorney. The court system is a complex structure involving state procedural rules, local procedural rules, statutes as well as the practices and preferences for each decision maker. Our court […]
A Primer on Impeachment in the United States According to the U.S. Constitution
November 21, 2017 By Joel D. Rosen Impeachment. It is a term that has been raised by political opponents, whether or not warranted, since the ratification of the Constitution, but seemingly with more frequency since the Nixon administration. Impeachment is now being raised in discussions regarding President Trump. But what do we know about the […]
Has Chen Changed the Face of Subrogation in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Matters?
November 7, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows an employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier to subrogate to a third-party recovery. In other words, where an employee is injured while in the course and scope of employment, and the injury is due to the negligence of a third party, […]
Residential Lease: More Than an Annoying Formality
November 1, 2017 By Melanie E. Murphy Picture this: you’ve been scouring Craigslist for weeks trying to find the perfect house or apartment to rent. You finally discover one that hits all of your criteria. You contact the landlord, tour the property, fill out the application, and you think you’re ready to go to enjoy […]
FAQs for Employers on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits
October 25, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer Based upon the Pennsylvania Statewide Average Weekly Wage, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act, is $995 per week for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2017. As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide workers’ compensation coverage to your employees. You also have […]