Rudman Winchell Recognized as a Tier One Best Law Firm for 2018

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor is proud to announce that once again the firm has been recognized as a Tier One Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers in America. Rudman Winchell recives the highest honor for Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning. The firm also was awarded a Tier 2 ranking for […]

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Jurisdictional Limits of Municipal Police Officers

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Katie R. Foster

The jurisdictional limits of municipal police officers is a topic that is often speculated about, with little clarity as to whether or not the police officer from the next Town over may pull you over and cite you for a traffic violation.  As with many legal questions, the answer is not a simple yes or […]

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Residential Landlords: Beware the Untested Lease Template

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

Landlords of commercial properties have a great deal of freedom in drafting their lease agreements.  Residential landlords do not have the same degree of latitude.  Maine, like other states, has enacted a number of laws designed to protect residential tenants from certain practices and arrangements that the legislature has determined to be unfair or abusive.   […]

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Seven Rudman Winchell Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

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Four Rudman Winchell Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers Three Attorneys named Rising Stars Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor, Maine is proud to announce that David C. King, Frank T. McGuire, Edmond J. Bearor and Anne-Marie L. Storey have been recognized as New England Super Lawyers for 2017.  Attorneys Allison A. Economy, Jonathan P. […]

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A Cautionary Tale About the FMLA

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey

This is a story about the potential consequences of not properly training supervisors as to FMLA rights and obligations.  It is a long and detailed story, but the details are necessary to understand how the court came to its decision.   It is also an important story because ultimately the court determined not only that the […]

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There Is No Such Thing As Custody In Maine

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Caitlyn Smith

There is a vast misunderstanding of the terms used when dealing with the rights of parents.  In Maine, the Family Court does not use the term “custody” and it hasn’t for a number of years.  The two major concepts that encapsulate that term are “parental rights and responsibilities” and “primary residence.” The phrase “parental rights […]

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Avoid Capital Gains Tax by Rethinking the Credit Shelter Trust

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Kristy Hapworth

Estate planning attorneys have traditionally employed a number of strategies designed to minimize or eliminate estate tax liability for their clients. While many of these strategies increased capital gains tax liability by forfeiting a basis step-up, with federal estate tax rates of up to 40%, capital gains tax was the preferable tax to pay. Changes […]

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By Rudman Winchell Attorney Rachel M. Trafton

In Maine, the Medicaid benefit is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and is called MaineCare. MaineCare can help pay for long-term care services for individuals who are both medically and financially eligible for the benefits. The MaineCare rules regarding long-term care are complex, and they include: An asset limit for […]

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Best Practices in International Business Contracting – Part 2

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan P. Bench

            In a prior blog post, I began discussing best practices when contracting with another business that is outside of the United States. The most successful businesses forecast their potential business risks, discuss them early with their counterparts, include related provisions in their contracts addressing those risks, and then monitor the relationship on an ongoing […]

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Asset Preservation for Married Couples Using Last Wills and Testaments

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Joy A. Trueworthy

When people become chronically ill or disabled, they may need long-term care (LTC) services. Given the very high cost of LTC services, many people will apply for MaineCare (Maine Medicaid). People are sometimes surprised to learn that the application of the MaineCare rules varies based on whether the applicant is married and what type of […]

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