Vermont Business Magazine Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC, a full service law firm based in Burlington, has announced an expansion of its Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate practice group through a merger with the firm Melendy Moritz in Woodstock and the addition of Leigh Phillips to the firm.“The addition of Mark Melendy, Daphne Moritz and Leigh Phillips brings great depth and experience to our estate planning practice and to the firm’s services for its business clients,” said the firm’s Managing Director David Austin. Mark’s practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning. Mark has over thirty years of experience, beginning with work for large international law firms in New York City and Boston. Following his relocation to Vermont, Mark was a principal at Kristensen, Cummings, Phillips, Carroll, and Melendy, P.C.in Brattleboro, Vermont and subsequently Whittington, Melendy & Girdwood, P.C. in Hanover, NH and Woodstock, Vermont. Mark then formed his own firm in 2003. Mark received his law degree from Fordham School of Law and a LLM (Tax) degree from Boston University School of Law. He also holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.Leigh works with small businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals in the areas of corporate and commercial law and estate planning and administration. Leigh was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1977, and prior to joining Sheehey, practiced law as a solo practitioner in Burlington, Vermont. Leigh is a member of the Vermont and Chittenden County Bar Associations and currently co-chairs the VBA subcommittee working on the revision of the Vermont Nonprofit Corporation Act. In addition to her legal practice, Leigh has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including current roles on the boards of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Burlington Country Club, as well as on the program committee of the Planned Giving Council of NH & VT. She also serves as Chair of the VOSHA Review Board, a Vermont state agency. Leigh received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976.Daphne’s practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, estate administration, and small business start up and succession. Daphne was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1990 and in New Hampshire in 1991, and has a diverse background in private and public practice. She spent many years in the family court as a child support attorney, and served as an acting magistrate. In 2004, Daphne became executive director of the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides early childhood educators professional development opportunities. Prior to joining Sheehey, Daphne was a partner at Melendy Moritz PLLC. Daphne received her law degree and Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 1990.About Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. With offices in Burlington, VT and Woodstock, VT, Sheehey has been solving complex legal problems for Vermont, regional and national businesses and individuals for over 90 years. Sheehey provides a full range of legal services within a variety of practice areas, including corporate services/mergers and acquisitions, employment, litigation, real estate, banking and financial services, health care, energy, mediation, arbitration and estate planning. SHEEHEYVT.COM.Source: Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC. 10.4.2016. For more information, please contact [email protected](link is external).
CEDIA today introduced CEDIASTRONG, a new program comprised of new services and tools to empower, educate, and inspire CEDIA members to weather these turbulent times. CEDIASTRONG will provide members free financial planning tools and services, technical training and webinars, career planning resources, online business roundtable discussions and marketing content that members can use to promote their services locally. As part of the initiative, CEDIA also plans to establish a CEDIASTRONG Fund to provide financial assistance to members in need with the goal of awarding grants later in 2021.“CEDIASTRONG was born from the COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to serve as a rallying cry for our industry,” said CEDIA President and CEO, Tabatha O’Connor. “Today, as people hunker down and work from their homes, technology solutions are all the more paramount, as is the role of the professionals who design and install them. We want to help members power through this challenging period and prepare them for the future to ensure they are ready to resume business as usual when this crisis is behind us.”Under the CEDIASTRONG banner, CEDIA is rolling out several new programs to support the industry and to help promote the importance of their work in their local markets:CEDIA has enlisted the services of financial advisors who will be sharing their expertise with members in weekly financial sessions — free of charge.COVID-19 Resource Center features financial, legal and regulatory information to assist CEDIA members across the globe.New career planning resources feature an online library of content that will assist displaced workers in resume creation, job search strategies and interviewing tips and tricks for the jobseeker.CEDIA has waived all fees for current online training for CEDIA members so that technicians can hone skills during downtime, and business owners can brush up on a variety of business issues. CEDIA is hosting two new webinars each week, tied to white papers and podcast topics.CEDIA will be hosting regional roundtable discussions, live online events bringing integrators and manufacturers together to share insights on how they’re conducting business during these unusual times, how best to prepare for recovery, and how to market services in this time of crisis.New CEDIASTRONG marketing assets will be available so members can help spread the word and generate new business opportunities in their local markets.And finally, CEDIA plans to establish the CEDIASTRONG Fund to provide financial assistance to members in need with the goal of accepting donations later this year and awarding grants to individuals and businesses sometime in 2021.
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