Death with Dignity in Maine

Big things have been happening regarding the right to die in our state! On May 28, L.D. 1313, a bill to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor passed through the Maine House of Representatives by four votes. On May 30, the bill passed in the State Senate…

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Attorneys Joy Trueworthy and Rachel Trafton Present on Medicaid Planning

Rudman Winchell and Maine Elder Law Firm Attorneys Joy Trueworthy and Rachel Trafton will present on the topic of Medicaid Planning on June 5, 2019. Joy and Rachel were asked by the National Business Institute to present to local attorneys, paralegals, nursing home administrators, financial planners, accountants, and geriatric care managers on planning for Medicaid…

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National Elder Law Month

May is National Elder Law Month! At Maine Elder Law Firm, a practice of Rudman Winchell, our elder law services include long-term care planning and asset protection planning, advance health care directives and financial powers of attorney, Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) planning and MaineCare applications, and everything in between. We love what we do, and we…

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Jane Skelton Presented on Special Needs Trusts and Legal Ethics

Attorney Jane Skelton presented May 17, 2019, at the National Business Institute seminar in Portland, Maine, titled Trusts From A to Z. Attendees of this seminar included attorneys, trust officers, wealth managers, accountants, and CPAs. Jane presented on special needs trusts and ABLE accounts and the ethical considerations when preparing trusts for individuals and their…

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Does all Property go Through Probate?

The purpose of a Last Will and Testament is to control the distribution of property in your probate estate after your death. But what property makes up your probate estate? Not all of it! Anything that is not part of your probate estate is not controlled by your Will and therefore will not be distributed…

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Medicaid Estate Recovery: Will the State Take my House?

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding estate recovery and the Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) long-term care benefit. One of the biggest fears we hear from aging Mainers is, “I don’t want the State to take my house.” That only happens in the context of a process called estate recovery. Estate recovery can only…

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