March 20, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office


March 19, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

What Is the Families First Coronavirus Act and When Will It Take Effect?


Last evening, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is a new law that is designed provide relief to workers and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Act applies to employers who have up to 500 employees, and it doesn't matter how few employees the business has.

Under the new law, affected, eligible, full-time employees can receive up to two working-weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons. 100% of the employers' costs will be offset for providing this mandated paid sick leave...
March 16, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office

5 Critical Steps to Keep Your Small Business Afloat Through COVID-19

1. Stay Informed. As a small business owner, you have duty to your community, your customers, and your staff to remain calm, rational, and up to date on the facts. Check reliable sources frequently. Start your day with and check back in periodically throughout the day.
March 11, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

Different Ways to Pay Your Taxes

There are several different methods by which you can pay your taxes. There are many different electronic options as well as more traditional methods. There are also options if you owe taxes and can't pay by April 15th. The different options are listed below and can be found in greater detail at


You can pay electronically by:
March 06, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office

Women's History Month - Clara Hapgood Nash

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to sea Clara Hapgood Nash, ca. 1893. Clara Holmes Hapgood Nash (January 15, 1839 - March 18, 1921) was an American lawyer who was the first woman admitted to the bar in New England (Maine).

Born Clara Holmes Hapgood in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, she was the fifth of eight children of John and Mary Ann Hosmer Hapgood.[1] On her mother's side she was related to the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, while on her father's side she was related to Henry Durant, the founding president of the University of California.[1]

In 1846 the family moved to Acton, the hometown of both of Clara's parents.[2] Due to ill health, her early schooling was frequently interrupted, but she eventually graduated from the State Normal School in Framingham, after which she became a teacher in the towns of Acton, Marlborough, and Danvers.[1][2] She also edited a pro-temperance publication, The Crystal Font.[2]

In 1869, she married Frederick Cushing Nash, a Maine lawyer who taught for a time in the nearby South Acton school district. They had a son, Frederick Hapgood Nash.[1]

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March 02, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office


Behavioral economics. This is a relatively new expression for something we have been doing for many, many years. It's basically reacting to events with your emotions. We've preached in our memos ever since you've become our clients: the emotions of fear and greed. These last several weeks have displayed 'behavioral economics' in spades. Volatility. Heavy, scary, selling. Heavy joyful buying. I believe that movements in markets of all kinds can be 80% emotion and 20% reality. And reality is not necessarily what you read in headlines. Headlines are for getting your attention, not necessarily for giving you the right message.
February 26, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office

ALERT – Coronavirus - What Employers Need to Know

Concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on U.S. businesses has increased significantly. Rising employee angst, stock market volatility, and news of increasing outbreaks around the world have resulted in an increased volume of ...

February 25, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

Your Health Care Directive


A good estate plan has many vital components. One very important one that approximately 65% of Americans are missing is the health care directive. This vital component appoints someone on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
February 19, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

You have a mortgage stretching in front of you for years and even decades which you'd love to pay off early, but should you? It seems to make sense to get rid of that big expenditure of interest, but it doesn't always. Determine what makes sense for you and your situation before you put your raise, savings, or inheritance toward an early pay off.
February 12, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

Lower Your 2019 Taxes


It isn't too late to reduce your 2019 tax bill. Below are three approaches you can take.

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