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Law in the time of coronavirus – Article by Chris Meier

April 3, 2020

THE CONWAY DAILY SUN, Friday, April 3, 2020

As all of the Mount Washington Valley and the world alter our lives to the temporary social distancing and quarantine rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, so, too, must we adapt as business owners, employers and employees to a new (temporary) economic and legal reality. Below is an outline of some of the changes that I felt were important for us here in the valley to consider and keep in mind.

Governor’s Stay at Home Order Effective March 27 at midnight, and through May 4, the governor has ordered all “non-essential” businesses to close, schools to remain closed and remote learning, and state beaches to close. The list of what businesses are essential can be found on nh.gov, but note that grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open, as will restaurants but only for takeout or delivery. The order also allows for residents to leave home for fresh air and exercise, as long as social distancing and “staying-local-to-your-area” protocols are observed.

Federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Stimulus Act) — This bill is enormous, and 880 pages. Here are some highlights:

   Direct Payments — Up to a certain level of income, citizens will receive cash payments up to $1,200 based upon their 2019 tax filing. These likely will issue within three weeks and will either be deposited in an account on file with the IRS or a check will be sent. The Washington Post has created an easy calculator to estimate any payment you might receive.

   Unemployment Insurance Support — Under the Act, the current N.H. maximum for unemployment benefits will increase from a weekly benefit  of $427 to $1,027, and laid-off employees are entitled to an additional 13 weeks of benefits (changed from 26 weeks to 39 weeks). The benefit is dependent on your recent income amount, but if you are laid off from your employment, you should file for unemployment as early as you can. NHES will work with you through the process, but note that there are particular days and times to file based upon the first letter of your last name. For more information, check the website: nhes.nh.gov.

    Paycheck Protection Program — For employers considering keeping staff on payroll, this is potentially the biggest benefit in the CARES Act. The PPP provides to small businesses (up to 500 employees), non-profits, sole proprietors and independent contractors a loan of up to 2.5 times your monthly payroll (up to $10 million). While a loan, the PPP allows that the loans WILL BE FORGIVEN in the amount used for up of eight weeks of payroll, mortgage interest, rent and/or utility payments. There are reductions to the forgiveness amount if you lay off some workers or reduce any employee’s pay by more than 25 percent’ however, given the inclusiveness of the forgiveness, it is likely most loans will receive substantial forgiveness. The PPP will be run through the current SBA 7(a) loan program, so generally any bank or law firm that handles SBA loans (we have some in our community) can start you on this process once the SBA finishes the regulations to administer the program (they have until April 11). I recommend any and every business in this valley investigate whether this program can be of assistance keeping your employees on the books, as it is a substantial benefit that you likely do not have to pay back.

Families First Act
— There are three substantial parts of Families First: Emergency Sick Leave — This provision says that employers are required to provide 80 hours of emergency sick leave (related to coronavirus) in addition to existing sick leave or paid time off. This emergency leave goes away on Dec. 31 (or if an employee is laid off or terminated). Emergency Family Leave — The Leave provision provides for up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave for employees whose child care (or school) is unavailable due to coronavirus restrictions. The first 10 days can be unpaid; however, for the remainder, an employee must receive a benefit t of two-thirds their normal rate of pay (up to $200 per day or $10,000 total).

Payroll Tax Credit
— There will be an employer credit against payroll taxes for emergency sick leave or emergency family leave used by its employees.

Temporary prohibition of foreclosure
and eviction — All eviction and foreclosure actions in the state are suspended until further notice. Note that this order does not waive or forgive any rent or mortgage (or other) payment; it only delays any foreclosure or eviction proceeding.

Court proceedings
— Generally, courts are open only on a restricted basis, and closed to the public. Emergency matters are still being heard, and anyone with an emergency can contact the Trial Court Info Center at (888) 212-1234. A New Hampshire lawyer can also help you navigate how to obtain legal relief during this time. 

Note that this is a brief summary of the new law, and everyone should investigate further how these changes apply to them individually, with their own lawyer, accountant, bank, and HR advisor. I look forward to seeing you all in the restaurants, in the stores, and on the trails, rivers, and mountains of the MWV when all this is over, but until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay informed — we will get through this together. 

Chris Meier is an attorney specializing in business affairs at Cooper Cargill Chant, a North Conway law firm.

COVID-19 Office Procedures

March 17, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, we would like to announce that our office will be closed effective Noon today for all client visits and meetings until further notice.   We are staffing our office at intermediate hours to make sure we remain under the suggested 10 person gathering.  We will continue to provide the high level of service to which you are accustomed.    We will continue to hold appointments via telephone conference.  We encourage all customers to contact us via phone at 603-356-5439 or via email.  Please visit our website for a complete list of Attorneys and Staff contact information at www.coopercargillchant.com.   We will continue to be able to handle all your legal needs during this situation, and we appreciate your business.  Thank you very much for your kind understanding.

Tracy Grisez Celebrates First Anniversary with Cooper Cargill Chant

December 5, 2019

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Cooper Cargill Chant is pleased to announce the one year anniversary of Theresa Grisez (“Tracy”) joining the firm. Tracy practices primarily in the areas of probate administration, estate planning and family law. Tracy joined Cooper Cargill Chant mid-career, having had a successful prior career in Human Resources and Executive Management with a large (300 employee) orthopaedic practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Tracy has been a welcome addition at Cooper Cargill Chant. Partner Ken Cargill notes: “Tracy’s broad experience in human resources and business law, and in just dealing with people, will be so helpful in her legal career. She is used to reviewing situations and laws, advising people on their options and choices, and following up on them. This practical experience helps her and clients so much.”

Tracy graduated with high honors from the University of Baltimore Law School in 2018, and has since been admitted to the Bar in both Maine and New Hampshire. Tracy received the top score on the essay portion of the Maine Bar exam, making her the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Laurie A. Gibson award. Prior to law school, Tracy obtained a Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore, graduating Summa Cum Laude from both programs. Tracy received the E. Halcott Turner award, having been selected by her professors as the Most Distinguished Graduate of her Jurisprudence Program.

Tracy has very much enjoyed her first year in the Mount Washington Valley. She is a graduate of the Mount Washington Valley Leadership Program, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Visiting Nurses Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County.

Tracy is married to husband Mark Chaput, who grew up in Scarborough, Maine. Tracy and Mark relocated from Maryland to West Baldwin, Maine in late 2017 to be closer to Mark’s family. In their free time, Tracy and Mark enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, and playing with their five dogs–two yellow labs, two rescue terriers and their new addition, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

With offices located in North Conway and Berlin, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant is counsel to hundreds of small businesses and associations, and thousands of individual clients in a wide variety of legal matters throughout northern New Hampshire and western Maine. The firm’s lawyers have been recognized for excellence in their practice areas, pro bono work, and service on civic and non-profit boards. For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com.

Attorney Tracy Grisez Admitted to NH Bar

June 5, 2019

Paul Chant recognized as a Super Lawyer

May 7, 2019

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Cooper Cargill Chant, PA is proud to announce that Partner Paul Chant was selected by Super Lawyers New England Magazine for recognition in its 2018 publication. Super Lawyers, a Thompson-Reuters business, is a prestigious honor awarded to attorneys who exemplify the highest standards and abilities in areas of law.

Attorney Chant was named a Super Lawyer for personal injury practice, on the Plaintiff side. He has over 30 years of experience representing Plaintiffs in personal injury and workers’ compensation litigation. Attorney Chant was selected by Business New Hampshire Magazine as its “Top Personal Injury Lawyer” for 2015 for the entire state of New Hampshire. Paul serves on the NH Access to Justice Commission. This is the fourth consecutive year that he was selected as a Super Lawyer.

Attorneys chosen to the list of Super Lawyers must pass a rigorous, research driven selection process that consists of peer nominations and ratings and in depth evaluations by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. Lawyers who make the final list have attained the highest degree of professional achievement and recognition from their legal peers.

Super Lawyers Magazine was created to honor exceptional attorneys and to provide consumers in need of legal services in their region with access to an objective list of top lawyers in their area, because no more than 5% of attorneys in this state are named to the Super Lawyers Magazine list – and no more than 2.5% of attorneys are selected to the list of Rising Stars.™  (Honoring lawyers age 40 or younger or in practice 10 years or less). Consumers can feel confidence in choosing lawyers who have been recognized by the trusted publication. For more information, visit the Super Lawyer web site.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. The firm’s attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work. With offices located in North Conway and Berlin, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant is counsel to hundreds of small businesses and associations, and thousands of individual clients throughout northern NH and western Maine.

For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com.

Leslie Leonard to receive Bruni Young Leadership Award at MWVEC annual meeting Nov. 15

November 9, 2018

Attorney Leslie M. Leonard of Cooper Cargill Chant of North Conway will be given the second annual Bruni Young Leadership Award at the 28th annual meeting of the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council, to be held Nov. 15 at the Red Jacket Mountain View in North Conway.

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Cooper Cargill Chant Continues Annual Support to Mountain Top Music Programs

June 14, 2018

Pictured (Left to Right): Attorney Christopher Meier and Jeanne Mason.

Attorney Deborah Fauver, Conway moderator, selectmen discuss problems at the polls

April 23, 2018

CONWAY — Selectmen on Tuesday expressed concerns that electioneering may have discouraged voters from going to the polls during the April 10 election. The town moderator, who is also an attorney at Cooper Cargill Chant, discussed the laws with the Sun on Wednesday.

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Cooper Cargill Chant is listed among NH’s largest law firms

March 19, 2018

Cooper Cargill Chant is listed among NH’s largest law firms. NH Business Review’s “Book of Lists” was recently released. Among the many lists compiled by NHBR is a list of the largest law firms in our state ranked by the number of NH Attorneys. CCC placed 29th in the state and 2nd among the four firms on the list headquartered north of Concord. Of course we were the only listed firm in the state headquartered north of the lakes region. While we may not be the biggest, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best quality legal services. We appreciate the trust our clients have placed in us. The book of lists can be found here. https://issuu.com/mcleancommunications/docs/2018_nh_business_review_book_of_lis

Cooper Cargill Chant Legal Assistant, Hilary Plourde, joins Berlin’s Salvation Army Advisory Board Committee.

March 8, 2018

In picture from left to right: Hilary Plourde, Captain Joyce Thornton, Captain S. Gary Thornton, and Simon Wells.

Cooper Cargill Chant, PA – Legal Counsel to a Great Community for 40 Years

February 6, 2018

The law firm of Cooper Cargill Chant, PA. is pleased to announce it is celebrating 40 years of providing legal services to individuals, businesses and organizations throughout northern New Hampshire and western Maine.

Today, as the largest law firm in Northern New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant reflects on 40 years of service to its communities. The firm’s history began when Robert Dickson, Peter Fauver and Randall Cooper combined their practices to form the firm of Dickson, Fauver and Cooper.

Steady growth followed and in the early 1980s resulted in expansion of the firm’s Pine Street office, nearly doubling its size. During the 1980s Robert B. Dickson was appointed as a Superior Court Judge and Dorcas “Penny” Deans became a partner of the firm. In the 1990s, Peter Fauver was also appointed as a Superior Court Judge. Ken Cargill and Paul Chant became partners of the firm.

In 2002 the firm moved to its current location on White Mountain Highway in North Conway and later in the decade the firm added a second office located in downtown Berlin. Through the years, the firm continued to grow and evolve. A mainstay through it all has been a strong commitment to clients and community. The firm sought and brought the highest caliber personnel to join its practice. Over the years, Dennis Morgan, Chris Meier and Leslie Leonard grew from associates to become partners in the firm. Associates Deborah Fauver, Tyler Ray and Andy Dean add to the breadth and depth of the firm’s knowledge and ability.

The firm’s partners, associates and staff have always been committed to giving back to the community through pro bono work, charitable gifts, donations and sponsorships as well as dedicated involvement in community and civic organizations.

As the firm reflects on the last 40 years, partner Paul Chant stated “We are humbled by the dedication of our employees and the loyalty of our clients, as well as the opportunity to represent and make a difference for so many local companies and organizations. We are proud to give back to and be involved in our communities through service and philanthropy”.

Cooper Cargill Chant, PA looks forward to many more years of service and extends heart-felt appreciation to the many people that have contributed to the firm’s success.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm in Northern New Hampshire with office in North Conway and Berlin. Its attorneys represent a wide range of individuals, businesses and organizations in central and northern New Hampshire and western Maine. Practice areas include: personal injury; real estate; business and corporate; planning; zoning and municipal; civil litigation; family law, bankruptcy, employment law, criminal defense and DWI.

For more information about firm, call (603) 345-5439 or visit the website at www.CooperCargillChant.com.

Leslie Leonard Named Partner at Cooper Cargill Chant

January 30, 2018

The law firm of Cooper Cargill Chant, PA. has named attorney Leslie M. Leonard a partner of the firm.

“We are pleased to welcome Leslie as a partner in the firm. She is a tremendous asset. Since joining the firm in 2010 Leslie has immersed herself in the community serving on many professional and nonprofit boards. We are confident that she will continue to use the experience, legal skill and work ethic she has demonstrated since joining our firm to achieve the best results for our clients” said Paul Chant, President of Cooper Cargill Chant.

Leslie began her career as a paralegal in Boulder, Colorado after graduating cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. During her years as a paralegal, she gained significant experience in the areas of personal injury and family law matters. Working in the field ignited her passion and she made the decision to attend law school. After eight years in Colorado she returned to New Hampshire to study law at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law) where she graduated cum laude in 2006.

Since joining Cooper Cargill Chant in 2010, Leslie has focused her practice in the areas of family law, estate planning, employment law, personal injury and social security disability. She represents clients in both New Hampshire and Maine.

Leslie currently serves as President of the Rotary club of North Conway and President of the Carroll County Bar Association. She is a member of the Gibson Center Board of Directors and an ex officio member of the White Mountain Community Health Center board. She is a member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice and the Human Resources Association of Greater Concord. She is a past president of the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum board of directors and a past board member of the Ham Ice Arena. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” in 2015 and 2016 by Super Lawyers New England Magazine. Leslie was a member of Leadership Mount Washington Valley, Class of 2012.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm in Northern New Hampshire with office in North Conway and Berlin. Its attorneys represent a wide range of individuals, businesses and organizations in central and northern New Hampshire and western Maine. Practice areas include: personal injury; real estate; business and corporate; planning; zoning and municipal; civil litigation; family law, bankruptcy, employment law, criminal defense and DWI.

For more information about Leslie Leonard or the firm, call (603) 345-5439 or visit the website at www.coopercargillchant.com/leslie-leonard

Kenneth R. Cargill Celebrates 30th Anniversary Practicing Law with Cooper Cargill Chant

January 22, 2018

Kenneth R. Cargill, partner of Cooper Cargill Chant, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary practicing law with Cooper Cargill Chant.

Ken began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Since joining the firm in 1987, he has served the business and estate planning needs of institutional and individual clients in New Hampshire and Maine.

Ken’s business practice includes entity selection and formation including guidance as to governance and control structures. His transactional experience includes negotiation and consummation of commercial transactions including business purchases, sales and commercial loans. He regularly represents developers of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties including pre-acquisition investigations, securing required governmental approvals, and preparation of development documentation. Ken also provides counsel to financial institutions in connection with commercial lending as well as loan renegotiation and asset recovery.

Ken also provides ongoing estate planning counsel to both commercial clients, as well as individuals and families. Estate planning services include long term tax planning and development of asset preservation strategies for closely held businesses.  In addition to specific transactional matters, Ken provides general counsel to many nonprofits and business organizations.

Ken was voted Best Lawyer in the Mt. Washington Valley in 2016 and 2017 and named a White Mountain Treasure by Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.   Ken’s longstanding commitment to advocating for the Mount Washington Valley includes his past and current service as moderator for North Conway Water Precinct, moderator for Town of Conway, moderator for Tamworth School District, member of Conservation Commission for Town of Conway, member of Planning Board for Town of Tamworth, Board of Trustees for Memorial Hospital, Trustee of Gibson Woodbury Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors for Coos County Family Health Services, Trustee and Treasurer for The Tamworth Foundation, President and Trustee of the Gibson Center for Senior Services and Board of Directors for Northern Community Investment Corporation.

Cooper Cargill Chant Sponsors MWV Regional Collaboration Housing & Economic Sumit

November 16, 2017

This exciting Summit brings together housing professionals and advocates to examine key policy and issues and develop a strategic action plan.  It will feature expert panelists that are intended to shine a light on the perspectives and concerns regarding affordable housing among local business owners, builders, and housing authorities.

This discussion will provide a platform for strategic dialogue related to the current economic impacts and future growth of our business communities. Business leaders, economic developers, state officials and specialists will share ideas, practical knowledge and experiences  for further development and improvements in Mount Washington Valley and other rural areas throughout the state. 

Event hosted by the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Water Park.

For more details visit the MWV Regional Collaborative website: http://www.mwvrc.org/.

Cooper Cargill Chant Welcomes Attorney Andrew Dean

August 14, 2017

NORTH CONWAY & BERLIN, NH  –

Cooper Cargill Chant is pleased to announce that Attorney Andrew Dean has joined the firm. Andy has spent the last decade practicing commercial law with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo in Boston, where he concentrated his practice in real estate acquisition, disposition, leasing, development, and financing.   He has represented national and regional businesses in sophisticated commercial transactions. While in Boston, Andy was recognized by Massachusetts SuperLawyers as a Rising Star – Real Estate (2013-2016).  Andy is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He resides in Kearsarge with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.   Eager to join the Mount Washington Valley community, Andy is already a member of the Board of the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition. Cooper Cargill Chant partner Ken Cargill is pleased to welcome Andy: “He brings a wealth of solid, practical experience as a commercial attorney. We are thrilled to have him at our firm.”

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. The firm’s attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work. With offices located in North Conway and Berlin, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant is counsel to hundreds of small businesses and associations, and thousands of individual clients throughout northern NH and western Maine.

For more information on Andrew Dean and Cooper Cargill Chant, call them at 603-356-5439 or visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coopercargillchant.

Pictured (from left to right): Ken Cargill and Andy Dean.  Photo Credit: Countrypolitan Studios

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Dennis Morgan Admitted to Vermont Bar

July 27, 2017

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Dennis Morgan was recently admitted into the Vermont State Bar.

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Christopher Meier Admitted to Maine Bar

July 21, 2017

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Christopher T. Meier was sworn into the Maine State Bar on July 21, 2017. Pictured is the admission ceremony at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, Maine.

Attorney Leslie Leonard sworn in as President for the Rotary Club of North Conway for 2017-2018

June 23, 2017

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Ken Cargill Receives 2017 Best in the Valley Award

June 23, 2017

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Cooper Cargill Chant, PA is proud to announce that its Partner Kenneth Cargill has been selected as 2017 Best Lawyer in Best of Mount Washington Valley Awards sponsored by the Conway Daily Sun.

More than 4,000 people cast about 110,000 votes in 107 categories of businesses and people during The Conway Daily Sun’s online survey to acknowledge and promote the best of Mount Washington Valley. All voting was done online, and promoted via digital and print media.

May Lunch & Learn Seminar – “Landlord/Tenant Law”, presented by Dennis Morgan, Esq.

May 3, 2017

Join us for Cooper Cargill Chant and Mt Washington Valley Chamber Of Commerce’s next free Lunch & Learn seminar. The final seminar of this series, is “Landlord/Tenant Law” presented by Attorney Dennis Morgan. Attorney Morgan’s focus will be on New Hampshire landlord/tenant laws from the landlord’s perspective. Along with the ins and outs of the eviction process, Attorney Morgan will discuss security deposits, how to avoid wrongful eviction lawsuits and more.
| Date/Time: May 11, 2017, 12pm-1pm | Location: North Conway Water Precinct|
| BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH | RSVP: Lisa 356-5701 ext. 300|

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