What Sellers of Real Estate in Maine Need to Know About Warranty Deeds

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

There are several types of deeds used to convey real estate in Maine, all of which can have significantly different consequences for the buyer and seller should a problem with the seller’s title to the property later come to light.  In particular, sellers of property should understand the risks associated with warranty deeds. By giving […]

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5 WAYS TO AVOID INHERITANCE CONFLICT

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Kristy M. Hapworth

It is no secret that inheritance can cause family conflict. It is all too common for family members to disagree over how to care for an ill or elderly loved one, or who should receive what when that person ultimately passes on.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take today to minimize conflict for your […]

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Increased Privacy Protections Proposed for the Probate Courts

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Joy A. Trueworthy

Are you aware of your probate court privacy protections? Would you expect that the inventory of a loved one’s estate would be viewable by anyone in the public? If someone was seeking to become your guardian or conservator, would you think that documents with your medical conditions and prognosis or with your assets would be […]

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Anne-Marie Storey to be part of Maine Biz Women’s Forum

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Mainebiz Women’s Forum slated for USM campus   The Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum will be held Thursday, April 6, from 7:30-10:30 a.m., at the Abromson Center, at 88 Bedford St. on the campus of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The topic is “The gender wage gap: Why is this still a thing?”   […]

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Rudman Winchell and KMA HR Consulting Team up for March 31 Lunch and Learn

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Join Rudman Winchell attorneys Anne-Marie Storey & Matthew Cobb for a dynamic HR Lunch and Learn to be sure you are prepared for common issues that arise as we move toward better weather.    You will leave the session better equipped with real life examples & how to handle the following:  Best practices around vacation […]

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An Act to Ensure a Continuing Home Court for Cases Involving Children

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Caitlyn S. Smith
Rudman Winchell Attorney Caitlyn S. Smith

When two separate court systems are involved, with each having a crucial role regarding the well being of a child, it is an understatement to say that the potential for problems exist. Until recently, when the State removed a child from a home because he or she was in danger, the Family Division of Maine’s […]

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Is Debt or Equity Financing Better for My Business?

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan P. Bench

Recently a client sent me a financing contract from a “hard money” lender. This lender was willing to lend my client $150,000 at an interest rate of over 20%. Upon the lender’s granting the loan, the loan principal would jump from $150,000 to $225,000. These loan terms were considered within the “normal” range for this […]

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Conservation Easements

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Cynthia Mehnert

You are a landowner with a parcel of land that you do not want to see developed, what do you do to protect it?  You might protect the land by putting restrictions in the deed when the property is sold.  However, what if you don’t want to sell the property, but would like to protect […]

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The Police Never Read Me My Miranda Rights: That Means I Win, Right?

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Joshua Randlett

If you’ve ever watched an episode or two of Cops or Law and Order, you can probably recite the Miranda rights by memory.  The well-known refrain generally[1] goes as follows: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right […]

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Court’s decision in Beal v. Town of Stockton Springs, 2017 ME

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik Stumpfel

The Town of Stockton Springs, a Rudman Winchell client, was successful in a recent Law Court case challenging the result of a municipal dangerous building proceeding. Appellant Holly Beal owns a home in Stockton Springs.  Following neighbor complaints, a code enforcement officer inspection and unsuccessful discussions with Ms. Beal, the Town initiated a dangerous building […]

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