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Cooper Cargill Chant and Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present Free Lunch & Learn Series

October 25, 2016

Cooper Cargill Chant and the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present a Lunch & Learn series.  Each session in this series will focus on an area of expertise from a Cooper Cargill Chant attorney. These Lunch & Learn sessions will give you the opportunity to learn and network with Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys in an informal environment on legal topics important to you.  All sessions are free and a new Lunch & Learn is presented each month!  Sessions will be brown bag lunches (bring your own lunch).  All sessions are interactive, so please bring your questions.  Here is more information about each of the sessions in the upcoming Lunch & Learn series:

April 13, 2017 – Mediation in the Workplace, presented by Randall F. Cooper, Esq.
With over 40 years of practicing law in the Mount Washington Valley and recent mediator certifications, Randy believes in the power of mediation to resolve disputes in the workplace. This session will cover the process of mediation, how mediation works and can help your business resolve disputes in a timely cost effective manner while empowering your employees. Also to be discussed will be the types of disputes where workplace mediation can be most effective and more! BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH | RSVP: Lisa 356-5701 ext. 300
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May 11, 2017 – Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Law – What You Need to Know, presented by Dennis L. Morgan, Esq.

All presentations are general and non-specific overviews of topics involving law.  The information offered by these presentations, both written and oral, should not be considered legal advice, and does not give rise to an attorney-client privilege.  You should consult with a lawyer to discuss your individual situation if you believe that the topics discussed herein apply to you or your business.

Online Renting: Traps for the Unaware

June 30, 2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH –  Use of online rental services like Airbnb, VRBO and Home Away has exploded in the last few years.  While use of these services may provide a relatively easy way to earn extra money from your in-law apartment or the unused time at your camp or condo, there are many traps and pitfalls of which a homeowner should be aware before listing your home.

Generally, when you transition from hosting friends in your home or guest room to strangers paying for it, you’ve changed from private property owner to business person. The law governing the use of your property changes accordingly.
First – Taxes:  the money you earn is income and you have to claim it on your federal and state income tax return. In addition, in New Hampshire, you may have to pay rooms and meals tax for each rental. Some services, like Airbnb actually collect the rent and pay it out to you, and then send you a form 1099 at the end of the year. This means the IRS is getting notice of the rent you’ve been paid. Other services like VRBO actually allow you to collect the rent directly from the renters and you have to keep track of your income.
Second – State law protects renters: In New Hampshire, short term vacation rentals are governed by RSA 540-C. Most importantly, this statute requires a property owner to obtain written rental agreements with specific provisions to evict a renter if they overstay their welcome – lest they become long term tenants. There are penalties for wrongful eviction.
Third – Insurance:  Property owners should check their homeowners insurance, as most standard  residential homeowners’ policies do not cover tenants or renters; and you may be violating your policy by renting.  In any case, damage caused by renters is not likely covered; and worse, if someone is hurt on your property, you may face a lawsuit with no insurance coverage. To be  covered, you will likely need to purchase additional insurance to cover your commercial use.
Fourth – Liability:  Most people hold the properties they rent in their own names, and therefore if a renter brings suit, your other assets might be exposed.  Property owners should consider additional liability protection, whether through corporate structuring, or additional umbrella insurance. 
Fifth – Condominium rules, zoning ordinances and safety regulations: Renting your property may be prohibited or limited by your condominium documents, homeowners’ association documents, deed restrictions, local zoning regulations, or safety codes.  Again, once you rent your property, you have changed the use of your property to a commercial use; and separate laws apply.  Short term rentals are prohibited by many Association documents; and the safety and fire codes may require substantial upgrades to the property for rental uses, including extra means of egress and automatic fire suppression.    
The most important thing to understand is that when you rent property to someone, your relationship with that person becomes a business relationship the law governing the relationship changes, and your exposure to financial risk is higher.  Before you list online, it is always a good idea to consult with your attorney and tax professionals to ensure that you and your assets are protected, and your new business is accomplished in a legal fashion. 
For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com.


Cooper Cargill Chant partners Meier and Morgan coach MWV Lacrosse Club Teams

May 12, 2016

NORTH CONWAY — What do Cooper Cargill Chant partners Chris Meier and Dennis Morgan share in common, besides a law office and legal expertise? You can find them both most Monday and Thursday afternoons this time of year on the fields behind Kennett Middle School, dedicating their time and talents to coaching Mount Washington Valley Lacrosse Club teams. Attorney Meier coaches the fifth and sixth grade girls’ team and Attorney Morgan coaches the fifth and sixth grade boys’ team. The MWV Lacrosse Club serves the youth of SAU No. 9 and No. 13 plus Fryeburg, Maine.

What began as a parental interest (both men coach their own children’s teams) has since grown into an interest in supporting the sport of Lacrosse for all student athletes in the area, and both now also serve on the Board of the Club.

According to Morgan, it’s all part of their firm’s philosophy of giving back to the community. “We’re coaching our own kids, but we’re also doing it because it’s important for everyone in our office to volunteer. It’s nice that it matches up with a family interest too.”

Meier added, “We’ve decided as a firm to require that all attorneys volunteer time in the community, and we encourage our staff to do the same. The attorneys each serve on two or more local non-profit boards, and practice-wide we serve on more than 20 boards. By having each Cooper Cargill Chant team member dedicate time to a non-profit and mission in which they believe, the goal is that our collective legal experience and enthusiasm can enrich the community in which we live and practice law as well as by.”

The Club organizes and runs youth and club lacrosse teams in the Mount Washington Valley and supports the Kennett Eagles High School Lacrosse teams. The club has been around for many years and was founded originally with a goal to build a youth program to support high school varsity programs. The Club is actively working to get the high school girls’ program recognized as a varsity program.

Meier started the girls’ elementary level teams two years ago, and now, including all age levels, there are 50 participating. Earlier this year, he joined the organization’s board to further help grow the girls’ program. He shared, “There is no shortage of girls who want to compete. Our goal is to get it to a varsity level at Kennett, and continue the reliable feeder program at the elementary and middle school levels.” The girls’ team is following the successful example of the boys’ team, which has been recognized as a varsity sport for over 5 years. Morgan states, “It’s growing in popularity and getting better and better. It’s been great having the youth program feed into the varsity program. Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport and the oldest team sport in North America.”

Morgan and Meier kicked off practice for the lacrosse season in early April, and games for the program started on April 30.

The boy’s youth programs have now grown to include four teams ranging from third through eighth grade. The Kennett Eagles Boys Lacrosse teams are KHS sanctioned varsity and JV teams that compete in Division 22 NHIAA. The girls high school club team (grades 8-12) plays games against both public and private schools in the area. The club also has a co-ed K-2 to introduce younger kids to the sport as well. The club strives to make it a fun yet disciplined program for all participants. Their belief is that lacrosse is not just a game but a sport that combines athletic skill, intelligent decision making, encourages teamwork and teaches life lessons as well.

Those wishing to learn more about the Club can go to their website: www.mwvlax.com.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the N.H. Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the N.H. Bar Association, the N.H. Association for Justice, and the N.H. Bar Foundation. Their 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. For more information, visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com or call (603) 356-5439.