Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Market One Step Closer to Reality

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved a ballot question legalizing possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 and older, and allowing commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, subject to state and local regulation.  Almost two years later, however, Maine still has no legal market for adult use marijuana. As summer 2018, however, Maine’s […]

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Third-party Contract Beneficiaries

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Christopher B. Hatch

Frequently, an individual or entity not a party to a specific contract may be affected by a breach to that contract.  For example, a municipality may contract with a landscaper to periodically remove brush and other shrubbery encroaching on a road.  A homeowner uphill from that road gains a benefit from this contract as it […]

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New Guidance from the NLRB’s General Counsel on Employee Handbook Policies

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq.

As you are likely aware, in recent years there has been much discussion from the NLRB regarding employee handbook language and the potential that such language does or could violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). On June 6, 2018, the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a […]

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed each year on June 15th to raise public awareness of elder abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). Elder abuse is any act […]

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Dealing With Debt After Death

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Kristy M. Hapworth

Families face a number of challenges when a loved one dies. The last thing a grieving family member needs is to be bombarded with calls from creditors trying to collect the debts of the deceased relative. It happens, nonetheless. Fortunately, the obligation of repayment generally does not extend to the deceased debtor’s family members. Instead, […]

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By Rudman Winchell Attorney Cynthia M. Mehnert

At the end of a divorce proceeding, the Court will issue a judgment which lays out the division of property and assets between the parties as well as detailing other family matters.  Because divorce judgments can be quite lengthy and not just discuss the division of real estate, an Abstract of Divorce Decree is often […]

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By Rudman Winchell Attorney Brent A. Singer

  Don’t waste the insurance you’ve already bought.                   Through the years, certain client problems seem to come across my desk now and again, and then not again for a long time.  Recently, there seems to have been a spate of situations in which clients have lost coverage, or almost lost coverage, under insurance […]

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CHANGES IN THE TAX LAW Spousal Support No Longer Tax Deductible

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anthony A. Trask

One of the more complicated and uncertain aspects of divorce is how much spousal support, also called alimony, a party will have to pay.  Maine law does provide some guidance, but not a great deal. 1 The law presumes that there will be no general ongoing spousal support if the marriage lasted less than ten […]

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Rudman Winchell welcomes Attorney Chris Hatch to the firm.

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell is delighted to announce that attorney Chris Hatch has joined the firm.  Chris will practice in the firm’s Municipal and Real Estate sections with a concentration in Timberland and Forest practices work. Chris comes to Rudman Winchell, from Tate Bywater in Vienna, Virginia, where his practice was a mix of transactional and litigation […]

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By Rudman Winchell Attorney Caitlyn S. Smith

If you own a business, or find yourself in a situation where you may have evidence related to a potential dispute, you may have a duty to preserve that evidence. It is important to understand your obligations and the steps you should take. The obligation to preserve evidence arises when (1) you have notice that […]

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