Law Firms Merge to Create Second Largest Firm

first_imgTwo Law Firms Merge to Create Second Largest Firmin Vermont The law firms of Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer will merge toform Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, the directors of both firms announcedtoday. The new firm, with over 30 lawyers, will offer more comprehensiveservices to its regulatory and corporate clients.An 18-lawyer firm founded in 1982, Primmer & Piper has offices inBurlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. Eggleston & Cramer, a 13-lawyerfirm founded in 1983, is located in Burlington. Each firm brings business lawspecialties that complement each other. The combination, effective January 1,2006, will establish the second largest law firm in Vermont.”This merger greatly enhances the array of legal practice areas we can offerour clients,” said Bill Piper, Chairman of the Board of Primmer & Piper. “Bycombining our resources, talents, and efforts, we improve service to our clientsand create a better environment for our employees.”The new firms practice areas include banking, bankruptcy, captive andtraditional insurance, commercial transactions, general corporate practice,employment, environmental/land use, estate planning and probate, finance,government relations, health care, immigration, intellectual property andtechnology, international law, commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration,public utility law, commercial real estate, and taxation.”We are excited about the long-term advantages and opportunities this mergerwill provide,” said Anne Cramer, President of Eggleston & Cramer. “Bycombining the legal expertise and experience of both firms, we arewell-positioned to provide top-level services in the increasingly complexregulatory business environment in Vermont, as well as the New England market.”Integration will not involve any physical disruption; the Burlington officesof Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer are already colocated at 150South Champlain Street. The new firm will continue both firms commitment tovalue, responsiveness, and integrity in providing the highest level of legalservices and achieving excellent results for its clients.last_img read more

FHA proposes changes to URLA, lending certifications

first_imgThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released a proposed rule last week that would change its lender certification requirements. Under the proposed changes, requirements would be more transparent, making it easier for depository institutions to offer these types of loans.FHA loans, although not commonly used by credit unions, are a good option for many first-time homebuyers and an important part of the mortgage market.“FHA’s goal is to produce forms that are concise, while appropriately reflecting FHA’s statutory and regulatory program requirements in a way that is easily understood by all parties. The proposed changes streamline the certification statements while continuing to hold lenders accountable for compliance with all HUD eligibility and approval requirements,” the agency stated.Proposed revisions to the Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application would reorganize Form 92900-A, regarding loan-level certification, into a more understandable format. Eliminating  duplicative information that is listed elsewhere on the form. Existing and proposed language can be viewed side-by-side here. The administration is also proposing changes to its annual lender certifications to better align them with National Housing Act standards. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Oprah, Louis Farrakhan visit Haiti

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 116 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Oprah, Louis Farrakhan visit Haiti by: – December 12, 2011center_img Share Share The visit by Oprah Winfrey coincides with a five-day trip to the country by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday December 12, 2011 – President Michel Martelly said he intends to ask American talk show host Oprah Winfrey to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Haiti to boost aid to the country.He said the request would be made during her visit to the country this week. He is scheduled to meet with Winfrey today, a day after she arrived in the country.Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. Many continue to live in makeshift camps.During her visit, Winfrey will visit a settlement camp for displaced people run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn and his aid group. She is also expected to meet with American fashion designer Donna Karan.Winfrey’s visit coincides with a five-day trip to the country by Louis Farrakhan, Leader of the African-American religious movement, Nation of Islam, who is looking at ways his organization can assist with rebuilding the country.“I have longed throughout my life to set my foot in the sacred soil of Haiti,” Farrakhan told journalists. Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more