Welcome to my Maine Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog, beginning July 1, 2010


Perkins Thompson receives many inquiries on estate planning and elder law issues.  Because I handle many of these, and have been editor of Maine Probate Laws and Maine Probate Procedure and Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning at the University of Maine School of Law, my partners thought it would be useful to clients and readers to post a series of essays on these issues on our firm’s website.

The first topic (below) is on Durable Powers of Attorney in Maine.  Maine’s statute on durable powers of attorney changed on July 1, so I thought this would be timely.

The next 5 monthly topics will be: Health Care Powers of Attorney/Living Wills; Wills; Revocable Trusts; Federal Estate Taxes; and State Estate Taxes.

Topics in 2011 will include: Life Insurance; Retirement Plans; Beneficiaries with Disabilities; Guardianships and Conservatorships; Planning for Personal Residences; Planning for Vacation Residences; Planning for Dispositions of Business Interests; Lifetime Gifts; Charitable Gifts; and Probate Administration.

You can refer to my Phil Hunt webpage at hold.perkinsthompson.com for more information about me.  I would be happy to assist you on any estate planning or elder law matter.