Suspended Practice Areas

Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney

Notice: On October 1, 2020, for the next several months, we regret that we are unable to accept new clients looking for estate planning.

Our estate planning attorneys advise individuals and couples on how to manage and protect their assets during their lifetimes and how to transfer assets after death in ways that accomplish personal objectives. A complete estate plan typically includes a will and possibly a trust as well as financial powers of attorney and advance health care directives. The estate plan might include planning for a loved one with disabilities through a third party supplemental/special needs trust, planning for a child or grandchild unable to manage an inheritance, or planning to minimize exposure to estate tax.

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Guardianships, Conservatorships and Other Protective Proceedings

Notice: On October 1, 2020, for the next several months, we regret that we are unable to accept new clients looking for guardianships, conservatorships and other protective proceedings.

The firm represents parties in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in Maine Probate Courts. A guardian is responsible for the physical well-being and the residential, medical, and social needs of an individual in need of protection. A conservator manages the income, assets, and financial and business affairs of an individual who is unable or unwilling to do so. We also advise clients in advance on how to minimize the risk of court-ordered guardianships and conservatorships and other protective proceedings through planning in advance for the possibility of incapacity.

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Probate and Trust Administration

Notice: On October 1, 2020, for the next several months, we regret that we are unable to accept new clients looking for probate and trust administration.

At the Maine Elder Law Firm, we advise personal and professional fiduciaries, including trustees of revocable and irrevocable trusts, personal representatives of decedents’ estates, and agents acting under powers of attorney and advance health care directives. These fiduciaries may need legal advice on inventorying assets, dealing with creditors and addressing Medicaid estate recovery claims, correctly distributing assets, interpreting legal documents, communicating with beneficiaries, addressing income and estate taxes, understanding their obligations and authorities, and more.

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Testimonials

Rachel Trafton ... and her staff were warm and cordial and kept us feeling very comfortable during the process.”
– Client