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Starting or Relocating a Business: Watch Out for Local Requirements!

September 11, 2018 By Kathleen M. Thomas Anyone who starts or relocates a business goes through exciting and challenging times.  It is understandable that the business owner’s primary focus  is getting established and meeting customer needs.  It stands to reason that a business plan will include big picture items such as marketing strategy and customer […]

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Small business owners: Beware these recent developments in PA law!

September 5, 2018 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. For small business owners, the growth of a startup business can cause you to overlook the legal minutiae that come along the way.  It is not unusual to see small businesses that started out using form contracts or invoices that may have done the trick at the […]

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Be Wary of “Binding Mediation”

May 15, 2018 By Richard C. Sokorai Over the last 100 years, High Swartz attorneys have engaged in countless cases involving alternative dispute resolution, representing litigants in arbitrations and mediations and serving as arbitrators and mediators.   Recently however, I have noticed a newer concept being incorporated into contractual provisions and settlement discussions:  “binding mediation”.  Such […]

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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 […]

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Want a Judge instead of an Arbitrator?

September 6, 2017 by Donald Petrille, Jr. If you want your case heard by a Judge instead of an Arbitrator – Be sure to read those forms! The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently decided the case of Fellerman v. PECO.  The case involved a homeowner who alleged a home inspector failed to find a rotting […]

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Breaking Down “BYOD” Policies

February 14, 2017 The explosion of smartphones, tablets and technology generally, has inevitably resulted in employees performing work tasks on their personal devices.  In the age of the ever present smartphone, and for many, the accompanying compulsion to stay constantly connected, employers and employees find themselves balancing the benefits and pitfalls of employees using their […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad IRS? Corporations, Partnerships, LLC’s and other family business entities….That’s Who!

November 30,2016 By Stephanie A. Henrick What did the IRS do now? The IRS issued proposed regulations under IRC §2704 in August of 2016 that may eliminate certain discounts commonly used in valuing intra-family transfers of interests in family businesses. The IRS claims that these proposed regulations are “necessary to prevent the undervaluation” of these […]

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Why Do I Need an Operating Agreement for My LLC?

August 24, 2015 By Joel D. Rosen, Esq. In a recent blog post, I offered guidance to emerging companies who are selecting a legal structure for their business. A common form of business structure is a limited liability company (LLC).  An LLC is an entity that combines aspects of a partnership or sole proprietorship with […]

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Selecting a Legal Structure for Your Emerging Business

June 17, 2015 by Joel D. Rosen, Esq. Making the decision to start your own business can be rewarding, energizing, and stressful.  As the business owner, you are presented with many important decisions. What will I call my business? How will I handle operations? Will I be successful? One of the most important choices you […]

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The Importance of Setting Up a Business Correctly

March 15, 2015 When starting a business, you have many important decisions to make. One of the most critical, however, is the legal structure (or entity) you choose for your company. This will have a significant impact on how much you pay in taxes, your personal liability for the company’s debts and how you are […]

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Business Law

Q: Can my business challenge the validity of a competitor’s claims in a national advertising campaign without having to engage in costly and lengthy litigation? A: Yes. The National Advertising Division (“NAD”) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (“CBBB”) provides an inexpensive, efficient and timely procedure for the review of national advertising for truthfulness […]

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