Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: A Budding Problem in the Workplace

May 24, 2016

By: James B. Shrimp

medical marijuana in workplaceOn April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. There is no doubt that the passage of this law, in a state with a fairly conservative legislature, speaks to the medicinal value of marijuana in the management of severe and terminal diseases. However, the introduction of medical marijuana into workplaces that are dominated by no-drug policies creates a significant tension under Pennsylvania employment law that must be analyzed and hashed out.

As the medical marijuana movement is state-by-state, there are now 24 different state statutes that legalize medical marijuana. Some of those statutes directly address employment-related marijuana issues and some do not. In both circumstances, however, no statute provides the straight dope on how medical marijuana affects employment law, so it is primarily left to the courts to try to blunt the tension.

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High Swartz Partners with Upper Merion Middle School’s Community of Caring Club with Cradles to Crayons.

May 23, 2016Upper Merion Middle SchoolHigh Swartz is pleased to announce its partnership with Upper Merion Middle School’s Community of Caring Club with Cradles to Crayons. Throughout the month of May, High Swartz attorneys and staff members donated a wide range of new/gently used clothes, books, toys, and arts & crafts that are used by children of all ages. Continue reading “High Swartz Partners with Upper Merion Middle School’s Community of Caring Club with Cradles to Crayons.”

Eminent Domain and Real Estate Valuation Basics in Pennsylvania

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Most people have a general understanding of the concept of Eminent Domain. However, the knowledge that the government can take your land isn’t all that helpful when you are faced with an imminent taking of your property. Knowing the requirements for a government entity to follow in order to legally condemn property may help you to navigate your real estate issue, and ultimately result in you making the most of an unpleasant situation.

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8 High Swartz Attorneys Named Among PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (May 19, 2016) — High Swartz LLP, a full-service law firm with offices in Norristown and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that 8 of its attorneys have been named among Pennsylvania’s 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.The High Swartz attorneys named Super Lawyers, and the practice areas for which they have been recognized are: Meanwhile, the High Swartz attorneys named 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars are: Part of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who, through a peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania’s 50,000 lawyers and the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming Pennsylvania lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, respectively.Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts and settlements; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; pro bono and community service efforts; and scholarly lectures and writings. The ultimate objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse list of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for other practitioners and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Stephanie Henrick Presented on Insights for Your Parent Care Conversation and Your Own Future Well-Being

May 18, 2016

High Swartz attorney, Stephanie Henrick was one of three local elder law and estates attorneys that presented on Insights for Your Parent Care Conversation and Your Own Future Well-Being hosted by The Dunn Group.

Stephanie Henrick’s presentation provided insight on:
  • What you need to know
  • What resources for strategies and conversations are available
  • When you should start thinking about implementing them
  • What happens next
 Stephanie HenrickStephanie A. Henrick concentrates her practice in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Tax Law and Social Security Disability.  Stephanie’s customized approach to estate planning provides her clients with personalized attention to address their unique circumstances.  Stephanie reviews all elements of her clients’ financial and personal situations with attention to detail, which enables her to plan accordingly so her clients’ wishes are fulfilled.  She works closely with her clients to create a seamless process of passing down their legacies and protecting their heirs.  

James Shrimp Appointed to the Upper Uwchlan Township Planning Commission

May 17, 2016High Swartz is pleased to announce attorney James Shrimp’s, attorney, appointment to the Upper Uwchlan Township’s Planning Commission in Chester County.  The responsibilities of the Planning Commission include:
  • Reviewing and evaluating land development subdivision applications
  • Providing guidance and issuing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors
  • Ensuring that all development occurring within the township adheres to the community zoning and land development ordinances
  • Meeting the spirit of its Comprehensive Plan
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What Happens if The Purchase of a House Falls Through?

May 11, 2016By: Kevin Cornishhigh swartz; agreement salePurchasing a home is a large investment. Real estate buyers spend numerous hours researching and visiting properties. Real estate sellers spend equal amounts of time preparing their home to be sold. Once that perfect home is located, the parties enter into an agreement of sale. Generally, the transaction proceeds without issue and the parties close on the sale. However, in some instances the buyer or seller fails to close the sale and the agreement is breached. In such a case, what happens? Continue reading “What Happens if The Purchase of a House Falls Through?”

Is Your Real Estate Transaction Subject to Philadelphia Real Estate Transfer Tax?

May 6, 2016high swartz; real estate transaction; real estate transfer taxAlthough parties to both commercial and residential real estate transactions may find themselves burdened with yet another expense associated with the purchasing or selling of real estate in Pennsylvania, there may be relief for some. Continue reading “Is Your Real Estate Transaction Subject to Philadelphia Real Estate Transfer Tax?”