Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

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Probate and Estate Planning

Darcie P.L. Beaudin
Jill A. Checkoway
Bryan M. Dench

The lawyers of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott take pride in having helped multiple generations of Maine families plan for their future through estate planning and the proper and accurate drafting of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for health care (health care proxies), living wills (advance directives) and powers of attorney for general matters to avoid guardianship. Our lawyers provide personalized service to assist families like yours. We can help design estate or lifetime plans to ensure your family’s long-term financial security while minimizing estate taxes.

Our attorneys are recognized for their expertise in estate, probate and tax matters by designation as fellows in the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, Best Lawyers in America, and New England Super Lawyers.

Most families—no matter the amount of wealth they have—want to provide for a secure future for their loved ones and see that their assets are transferred most efficiently. To achieve those goals, the probate and estate lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott design a plan  to fit your family’s needs and prepare all the essential documents to accomplish it. We also can draft or design more sophisticated legal instruments such as family trusts, limited liability companies, or other family asset management entities, charitable remainder trusts, conservation easements, grantor retained annuity and unitrusts charitable gift annuities and other charitable giving techniques. Our attorneys listen and use their legal expertise to help you reach your goals.

We provide a full range of legal services related to estate planning and probate to individuals and families throughout central and southern Maine including Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Auburn, Bethel, Rockland, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, Norway, South Paris, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick. We represent clients in estate and trust litigation, including contested wills, probate proceedings, and claims against estates and trusts. We also advise personal representatives, executors and trustees and can serve in that capacity. As a client, you’ll develop a close, working relationship with one of our attorneys who will provide guidance tailored to your particular needs.

As a law firm that has been helping clients for more than 150 years, we recognize that ensuring a secure future requires laying the foundation of a well-constructed estate plan today.