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 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 warnings 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 […]

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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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Rudman Winchell Attorney Allison A. Economy Elected a Partner at the Firm

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor, Maine is proud to announce that Allison A. Economy has been elected as a Partner at the firm. Allison focuses her practice on litigation and creditors’ rights matters. She has handled a wide variety of cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, ranging from disagreements between business partners […]

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Gifting Powers in Financial Powers of Attorney

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Rachel M. Trafton

A financial power of attorney (also called durable power of attorney or general power of attorney) is an important part of your estate plan. If you become incapacitated and are unable to act and make decisions for yourself, a financial power of attorney authorizes another individual to act for you. In the document, you are […]

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The Cash Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Will Rise from $3.75 to $5.00 per hour Effective on January 7, 2017

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Frank T. McGuire

  Referendum Question 4, approved by Maine voters in November, raised the Maine minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective on January 7, 2017.  It also enacted a series of changes to the tip credit and minimum cash wages to tipped employees, the first of which will also go into effect on January 7, 2017. […]

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The 2015 Amendments to Mandatory Shoreland Zoning and How They Impact the Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Katie R. Foster

The Legislature adopted the Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act in 1971.  The current law requires municipalities to establish land use controls for all “shoreland areas” defined as:  “areas within 250 feet of the normal high-water line of any great pond, river or saltwater body, within 250 feet of the upland edge of a coastal wetland, within […]

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MODIFYING CHILD SUPPORT AND THE NEW GUIDELINES

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anthony A. Trask

Several months ago I described the process for calculating child support under Maine law.[1]  However, a child support order issued by the Maine Family Court is not etched in stone and frequently people ask whether their child support obligation can be changed.  As with any question asked of a lawyer, the only accurate answer is […]

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Minimum Salary Level for Maine Exempt Employees Will Rise from $455 to $519.25 per Week Effective January 7, 2017!

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Matthew M. Cobb

      Recent changes to federal and state wage and hour laws continue to present tangled compliance issues for employers as the New Year approaches. At the state level, Referendum Question 4, approved by Maine voters in November, raised the Maine minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective on January 7, 2017. A little-noticed consequence […]

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Enactment of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Rachel M. Trafton

On Tuesday December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. Several pieces of the legislation focus on medical breakthroughs. It also includes the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act. Elder law attorneys across the country have been advocating in support of the Fairness Act for years. The passage of the Fairness Act means […]

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