Maine Estate Planning Lawyers
Maine Community Law Center is a non-profit law firm dedicated to increasing access to justice by providing low cost legal services to Mainers of modest means. The lawyers at MCLC practice law in a variety of fields. While they are recently admitted to the Maine bar, they have the support and guidance of many experienced Maine attorneys. Your case will benefit from professional care and attention at an affordable...
From drafting simple wills and trusts, to helping favorably resolve probate disputes, to business formations and contract negotiations, I strive to treat every client relationship as a partnership. My goal is to maintain a law practice that is easily approachable, immpeccably responsive, friendly, cost-conscious, and effective at helping clients reach their goals.
I earned my J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law in 2010, and my B.A....
Rebecca holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. She is admitted...
Education: Wellesley College (B.A. 1986); University of Texas (J.D. 1989)
Member: York County Bar Association; Maine Bar Association (Elder Law Section, Trusts and Estate Planning Section), Greater York Chamber of Commerce, National Aging in Place Council
Practice Areas: Probate Administration, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Guardianship, Elder Law, Asset Preservation/Medicaid Planning
Maine Community Law Center is a non-profit law firm dedicated to increasing access to justice by providing low cost legal services to Mainers of modest means. The lawyers at MCLC practice law in a variety of fields. While they are recently admitted to the Maine bar, they have the support and guidance of many experienced Maine attorneys. Your case will benefit from professional care...
Jesse began practice with his father and mentor Judge Pat Bifulco. Judge Bifulco taught Jesse to be the kind of lawyer people turn to for legal help for their family. Jesse began in New York City, practicing in one of the most intense, active and legally diverse cities in the world. He practiced elder law and estate planning in NYC for ten years before...
Catherine is a proud graduate of Bates College and University of Maine School of Law...
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Planning your estate?
Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.
An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.
Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.
Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.
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