Sheehey Welcomes Two Associate Attorneys to the Firm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm, is pleased to announce that attorneys Daniel J. Mullen and Sarah J. Heim have recently joined the firm.

Dan’s practice focuses on transactional and tax law, as well as design and construction industry matters. Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a corporate officer at Pennoni, an ENR (Engineer News Record Magazine) top-100 consulting engineering firm, serving as the Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Dan graduated Order of the Coif from Temple University School of Law in 2014 and was the recipient of the Joseph W. Price Award for Outstanding Achievement in Tax Law. He served as executive editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. While in law school, Dan worked for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor.

Sarah’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar defense and internal investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was an associate at two Vault 100 law firms in New York City, where she was a member of two trial teams for high-profile insider trading cases in the Southern District of New York. She also assisted in the defense of individuals and corporations in a variety of sensitive and high-profile matters in state and federal courts, regulatory inquiries, and investigations. Sarah graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2013.

David Austin, Managing Director commented, “We are delighted that Dan and Sarah have joined the firm.  Their talent and experience is a valuable addition to both our business and litigation teams and will allow us to continue serving our clients at the highest level possible.”

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Explained

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPP Flexibility Act”) makes borrower friendly changes to the Paycheck Protection Program created under the CARES Act. All changes listed below apply to existing and new loans unless otherwise indicated. Borrowers should contact their lenders to ensure that these loan modifications are made and that the changes are documented in writing.

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How Does Online Mediation Work? Jim Spink Is Here To Help

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Sheehey and its attorneys have adapted to serving their clients remotely while offices and gathering places remain closed.  Jim Spink specializes in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.  Since the transition to remote work began, Jim has conducted many mediations via remote platforms like Zoom.  He has offered many tutorials to individuals and groups wanting to learn more about how remote mediation works, including several large private law firms, the Vermont Association for Justice, the Vermont Bar Association, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

Curious about online mediation?  Contact Jim today to set up a brief tutorial at no charge.  To learn more about remote mediation, read our Remote Mediation page with basic information and Frequently Asked Questions.  If you’re ready to schedule a remote mediation, check Jim’s mediation calendar and get in touch.

Heather Ross to Present an Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Sheehey attorney Heather Ross, along with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, will present an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) via a free webinar on Tuesday, May 26th from 9 – 10:30am.  The webinar will cover FFCRA and its interaction with other state and federal programs, and how to use it to the advantage of you and your employees.

For more information or to register click here.

Heather is a partner of Sheehey, her practice focuses on employment, health care and litigation.

Sheehey Voted Best Corporate Law Firm

For the second year in a row, Sheehey has received Vermont Business Magazine’s Best of Business Award for Best Corporate Law Firm. Over 53,000 votes were cast in 100 business-to-business categories – thank you voters!

Click here to read more about our corporate law practice.

Executing Wills in Vermont Amid COVID-19

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

Under most circumstances, in order to execute a will under Vermont law, the following requirements must be met:

  • The will must be in writing;
  • The will must be signed by the testator (the person making the will) or another person in the presence of the testator and at the testator’s express direction; and
  • The will must be attested and subscribed to by at least two credible witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other.

Stated more simply, a Vermont will signing ceremony requires at least three persons to be present together at the same time, in the same room, all in view of one another, and with all placing a wet ink signature to the same paper document.  This poses significant challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Vermont Suspends Civil Statutes of Limitations During COVID-19 Emergency

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

On April 28, 2020, Governor Phil Scott signed into law S.114, an act relating to the Vermont judiciary’s emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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The Right Time for an Advance Directive is Now

The following was written by Sheehey attorney Daphne Moritz, who specializes in estate planning and elder law, and works out of Sheehey’s Woodstock office.

At the time I am writing this, we are well into the COVID-19 pandemic, which means we have been self-isolating, social distancing, quarantining, masking, gloving, and listening to a daily barrage consisting of frontline heroes, large scale catastrophes, uplifting stories, and problematic politics. Some people face emotional and financial struggles. Others seem to cope day-to- day well enough. Still others worry about their own health and that of their vulnerable family members. Most of us live daily with an acute awareness of our unseen virus nemesis, taking the measures we can and doing our best to stave off the worst.

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Department of Labor Answers Employer Questions About Unemployment Process

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

The IRS released guidance regarding payroll tax deferral under the CARES Act for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan recipients. Under the CARES Act, all employers, except those who receive PPP loan forgiveness, may defer depositing and paying their share of Social Security taxes from March 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Taxes will still accrue during this deferral period and will be due over the following two years, with 50% of the deferred taxes due on December 31, 2021 and the remaining amount due on December 31, 2022.

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Jim Spink To Present Remote Mediation CLE In “Food For Thought” Series

Jim Spink, a partner at Sheehey who specializes in mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution, will present a CLE along with Allegra Carpenter on April 30, 2020 on the topic of conducting and participating in remote mediations during the COVID-19 crisis.

The CLE will run from 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM, and it will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the audience.  It is eligible for 0.5 CLE hours for attorney licensure.  The CLE is sponsored by the Vermont Association for Justice, and it is part of VTAJ’s “Food for Thought” series.

“Food for Thought” is a series of mini-webinars on current topics, and registering attorneys have the option to make a contribution toward the Vermont Food Bank Coronavirus Relief Fund.  To register, click here.

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, Sheehey has transitioned to conduct all of its work remotely, and Jim’s mediation practice has gone online.  Learn more about Sheehey’s coronavirus response here, and learn about how online mediation works here.