Cheers to you.

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As a single mother of three, Mary-Anne Martell worked a number of odd jobs to keep her family clothed and fed. At one time she was a welder, then a bean factory worker, and later ran a catering business. This circuitous route took her to law school, and she credits her diverse background with giving her the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. Although she has been a practicing attorney for 12 years, last April she purchased her own building to work from. Mary-Anne says it was a huge step for her. She and her boyfriend, Scott, worked tireless hours to renovate the formerly private home in Westbrook into offices and made plans for their eventual retirement. But last summer her longtime love was taken ill. His condition was so serious that Mary-Anne suspended her practice to stay by his side. Two months later Scott passed away. Mary-Anne had to pick up the pieces and begin rebuilding her life and her business. In October attorney Kristen Kaleo joined Mary-Anne’s practice. On January 10th, they gathered friends to celebrate as Craig Perkins hung the sign for Seacoast Law & Title over the front door. “Scott would have been the one to do this,” says Mary-Anne, “so it was an emotional event for me. I needed to have the people closest to me here. They believed in me and have stood by me every step of the way.” The group stood in the snow and drank a toast of champagne as the sign was lifted. Cheers to you, Mary-Anne.

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